Arthri­tis in the hands quite com­mon, study says

The Hamilton Spectator - - HEALTH -

Arthri­tis in the hands is more com­mon than you might think. Nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men will de­velop the con­di­tion in their life­time, ac­cord­ing to a new study. The risk of symp­to­matic hand os­teoarthri­tis also varies by race and weight. Ach­ing or swelling hands, de­creased mo­tion and stiff­ness are all symp­toms of os­teoarthri­tis. The study, pub­lished Thurs­day in “Arthri­tis & Rheuma­tol­ogy,” an­a­lyzed data for more than 2,000 adults over 45 years. The life­time risk of arthri­tis in the hands is 41 per cent among whites and 29 per cent among blacks, ac­cord­ing to the study. The risk to peo­ple with obe­sity is 11 per­cent­age points higher than those who are not obese.

DREAMSTIME

Nearly 1 in 2 women will have arthri­tis in their hands in their life.

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