World Arthritis Day 2018

Today is World Arthritis Day 2018

It was only 2 days ago that we collectively recognised Mental Health Awareness Day and our continued responsibility as an industry and community is to ensure it is never far from our topic of conversation. It is therefore timely that today, we recognise Arthritis Awareness Day. Around 1 in 6 people (16.8%) with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have a major depressive disorder compared to the UK average of 2.9%.

RA patients experience a vicious cycle of disease progression which give rise to well documented comorbidities like, obesity – as a result of reduced mobility, and depression – as a result of reduced ability to do everyday tasks considered important to an individual.

Arthritis Research UK estimates that 68% of rheumatoid arthritis patients in the UK are physically inactive. With disease activity escalating with age, normally between 40-60 years, and peaking after 70 years, early diagnosis can be a key factor in improving treatment outcome for rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis (%)Leading RA charities like Arthritis Research UK and National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), are at the forefront of raising awareness and support for the substantial impact RA disease progression can have on patients and their loved ones.

Whether you talk, share, organise, run, walk, bake or donate, let’s get more involved today.