Arthritis is a common chronic disease that affects millions of people around the world. According to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), there are at least 300 million people globally with arthritis, including adults and children.
With a growing aging population and increasing obesity rates, the number of arthritis patients is also increasing. It is predicted that by 2030, arthritis will become one of the leading causes of disability worldwide.
Specifically, some countries already have a considerable number of arthritis patients. For example, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in the United States reports that over 54 million Americans have arthritis, which is approximately 22% of the total population. In the UK, about 10 million people have arthritis, accounting for approximately 15% of the total population.
Additionally, the number of arthritis patients varies by type of arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, a relatively common autoimmune disease, affects 1% of the global population. Osteoarthritis, on the other hand, is more prevalent, with over 300 million people worldwide suffering from the disease.
Overall, arthritis is a disease that affects the health and quality of life of millions of people worldwide. With the aging population and rising obesity rates, it is expected that the number of arthritis patients will continue to grow.