Arthritis Has Hit 3.1 Million Hispanics Nationwide
Arthritis is a problem that an estimated 3.1 million Hispanics are currently living with in the United States, according to federal health officials say.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, released Thursday, says age-adjusted prevalence of arthritis ranged from 11.7 percent for Cuban-Americans to 21.8 percent of Puerto Ricans.
"For all Hispanic/Latino subgroups, at least one-in-five people reported each arthritis-attributable effect," the report says.
"Wide-scale use of culturally adapted community level interventions that are proven to increase exercise and self-management skills would likely lead to meaningful improvements in the quality of life for adults with arthritis."
For example, people with arthritis can reduce pain and physical limitations through exercise such as walking, health officials say.