Sunday, October 17, 2010

Over 15% of Australians affected by arthritis as population ages

More than 3.1 million Australians were estimated to be affected by arthritis in 2007–08, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, A snapshot of arthritis in Australia 2010, found that the prevalence of arthritis increased from 13.6% in 2001 to 15.2% in 2007–08.

‘This increase can be largely attributed to Australia’s ageing population,’ said Dr Naila Rahman, of the AIHW’s National Centre for Monitoring Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Conditions.

‘The rate of arthritis increases with age, especially after the age of 45, and is highest among those aged over 75 years. An older population means a higher prevalence of the disease.’

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