Relevant Population CharacteristicsThe population characteristic most relevant to arthritis is the age distribution of the population. Anyone can develop arthritis, but the risk increases as people age. As the Utah population ages, a greater percentage of Utahns will be at risk for developing arthritis.
Although arthritis is increasingly common as people age, arthritis does not need to be a "normal" part of aging. There are many controllable factors that contribute to arthritis and one's quality of life. Physical activity and weight management are two lifestyle factors that can make a significant on one's likelihood to develop arthritis.
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