Risk FactorsThe prevalence of arthritis increases with age. Females are more likely to report arthritis than males. White, non-Hispanic and non-White, non-Hispanic individuals are more likely to report arthritis than Hispanic persons. Being overweight or obese is a significant risk factor.
These factors are separated into non-modifiable, potentially modifiable, and modifiable. By separating the risk factors into these categories, it allows us to better identify persons who need services and to target our prevention efforts and intervention strategies to reduce disability due to arthritis. In addition, non-modifiable and potentially modifiable risk factors may influence modifiable risk factors.
Factors associated with a greater risk of arthritis that are non-modifiable are female gender, genetic predisposition, older age, race, and ethnicity.
Factors associated with arthritis that are potentially modifiable include education and income. Although these two factors are associated with arthritis, it is not clear if modifying them would reduce the risk of arthritis.
The modifiable risk factors associated with an increased risk of arthritis include obesity, joint injuries, infections, and certain occupations.
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