Arthritis set to double to over 17m by 2030

Osteoarthritis of the hip

Today experts reported that osteoarthritis in Britain look set to double to over 17 million by 2030 the BBC reported.

The leading charity Arthritis Care have released a report suggesting that the predicted rise relates to the UK’s ageing population and growing obesity problem.

Experts estimate that by 2030 over half of the UK population will be aged 50 or older and nearly the same proportion will be obese.

Its report – OANation 2012 – says 8.5 million people in the UK have osteoarthritis and 71% of them – 6m – are in constant pain.

Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis affects the joints, causing pain and stiffness and often reduced mobility. It usually develops in people aged over 50, but some are younger. The exact cause is not known, but anything that puts stress and strain on the joints – including obesity – can play a part.

We at All MoVe believe that exercise is crucial for addressing issues obesity and for keeping joints flexible.

Further information about Arthritis Care can be found at: http://www.arthritiscare.org.uk/Home