1. Anyone Can Have Arthritis
Age can be a factor is arthritis, but it’s not true that it only affects the elderly. In fact, almost 300,000 babies and children have been diagnosed with arthritis or a rheumatic condition. And approximately 2/3 of adult arthritis patients in the U.S. are of working age, between 18-64 years old.
Arthritis also hits the genders differently. Official diagnoses are more common in women (26% of total cases) than in men (18% of total cases). Women also experience rheumatoid arthritis in much higher numbers than men do. On the other hand, men tend to experience gout and ankylosing spondylitis more often.
When it comes to the elderly, the most common type is osteoarthritis.