Arthritis in Wisconsin Facts
Arthritis by Prevalence
Arthritis is very common chronic condition in Wisconsin. From the most recent 2011 interviews about 25% of adults aged 18 years and older (1 million) reported that they have some form of arthritis. In the U.S. it is 26% of adults. (1)
Arthritis by Characteristics
Although arthritis affects both men and women, women have higher prevalence rate. In 2011 about 28% of Wisconsin women (583,000) reported arthritis in comparison to 22% of Wisconsin men (450,000).
Arthritis affects persons of all races and ethnicities: Of adults with arthritis 26% are white; 22% are African American; and 20% are of Other races.
Of those with arthritis, 41 % have limitations in daily activities.
Half of adults aged 65 -74 years reported that they have arthritis, and 60% of Wisconsinites over 65 years of age, have arthritis.
Adults who are overweight or obese are more likely to have arthritis than those of normal weight. Overall 25% of adults reported arthritis, but 36% of these were classified as obese, and 24% were classified as overweight. Weight category is based on body mass index (BMI), a measurement based on height and weight. Weight categories are normal, overweight, and obese. A normal weight is a BMI of 19 and less than 25; overweight is a BMI of 25 and less than 30. Obese is a BMI of 30 or greater. (2)
Over 50% of adults with arthritis reported diabetes, 57% had heart disease, and 45% had high blood pressure.
An estimated 5,400 Wisconsin children have arthritis.
Only 13% of adults with arthritis reported that had taken a class to learn to manage their symptoms.
In Wisconsin costs related to arthritis and rheumatic conditions total nearly $2.4 billion per year. This amount includes $1.5 billion in direct costs (i.e., medical expenditures) and $895 million in indirect costs (i.e., lost earnings). (3,4)
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Last Revised: November 21, 2013