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Arthritis Among Veterans

Wednesday, February 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mari Brick
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Arthritis Among Veterans

In a recent CDC MMWR report, arthritis is more common among veterans, both men and women, than non-veterans overall and by most categories of age and race/ethnicity. Looking at BRFSS data from 2011-13, the CDC found that, specifically in the veteran population, about one in three veterans (35%) have arthritis.

The data tells us that arthritis in veterans is:

• Slightly more common for men (35%) than women (31%).

• Higher in middle-aged (45-64 years) (36%) adults compared to young (18-44 years) (13%) adults.

• Common among veterans across all 50 states and DC, representing about 1 in 6 adults with arthritis.

The high prevalence of arthritis, combined with the large number of persons affected, indicate that strategies are needed to reduce the adverse effects of arthritis. Interventions to improve the quality of life of persons with arthritis include providing access to affordable physical activity and self-management education classes.

The 12 CDC- funded state arthritis programs are working toward that goal by working with state and community partners to embed arthritis interventions in existing systems to expand access to and use of these evidence-based interventions.

For a list of the funded states, please visit:

For a list of the funded interventions for people with arthritis, please visit:

To learn more about NACDD’s support of these efforts, including our outreach to legislative policy makers, please visit: