There are over fifty-four million grown-ups in the USA who suffer from arthritis and this number is projected to rise to 78.4 million by 2040.
Arthritis has been determined to be a barrier to physical activity among adults with obesity.
Physical inactivity and obesity are two factors associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The annualized unadjusted prevalence of arthritis among adults with prediabetes is estimated at 26 million people.
Among adults with prediabetes, arthritis prevalence was highest among those aged 65 years and older; arthritis prevalence was significantly lower among adults aged 20–44 years old and 45–64 years old. prevalence was much higher among women and non-Hispanic whites than among men than other racial/ethnic groups.
Age and obesity among adults with arthritis and prediabetes were significantly higher than that among adults with prediabetes only, or arthritis only, and people with neither prediabetes nor arthritis was much lower. This information is about arthritis among adults with prediabetes.
Approximately half of adults with both prediabetes and arthritis reported being physically inactive or was overweight, which might further increase their risk for type 2 diabetes. Arthritis can hinder the ability of adults with prediabetes to engage in physical activity to prevent type 2 diabetes.
In 2009–2016, approximately twenty-six million adults in the United States with prediabetes had arthritis. The combined burden of arthritis and prediabetes is much higher, particularly among people aged 65 years and older, women, and non-Hispanic whites.
Physical activity can improve physical function and mobility, reduce blood glucose levels and weight, which in turn can lower both the risk for developing type 2 diabetes and alleviate pain related to arthritis.
Although studies linking the National Diabetes Prevention Program to reduced arthritis-specific barriers to physical activity such as joint pain are limited, there is evidence that the National Diabetes Prevention Program can promote weight loss and that weight loss can in turn help reduce joint pain and improve function.
Lifestyle change programs, such as the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program, encourage moderate-intensity physical activity to reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes by promoting long-term behavioral changes that affect physical activity.
There are physical activity programs available for adults with arthritis, three such programs are EnhanceFitness, Walk with Ease and Active Living Every Day, they can address arthritis-specific barriers to being physically active among adults by reducing joint pain, go online to find other programs.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program can potentially reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes among adults with arthritis and assist them in managing their pain from arthritis.
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