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Indicator Report - Arthritis Prevalence

Why Is This Important?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. As the US population ages, the number of persons with arthritis is projected to increase to 67 million by 2030.

Percent of Adults with Arthritis by Race/Ethnicity, New Mexico 2007 & 2009

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Data Notes

The arthritis question is administered only in odd years.   New Mexico value is calculated from a combined 2007 & 2009 dataset. U.S. value is the median percentage of all U.S. states and D.C. for 2009.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, together with New Mexico Department of Health, Injury and Behavioral Epidemiology Bureau.

Other Views


Arthritis includes over 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues which surround the joint and other connective tissue. Common forms include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and gout. Arthritis symptoms typically include pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints. Certain rheumatic conditions can also involve the immune system and various internal organs of the body. Although arthritis is more commonly seen in older adults, children are also affected.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System who have been told by a health professional that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia
Denominator: Number of adults from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Page Content Updated On 03/15/2012, Published on 06/14/2012
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Content updated: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 11:51:12 MST