2.3 million Michigan residents have arthritis (31% of the population) including 10,300 children.
3,000 people participated in an Arthritis Walk at the Detroit Zoo raising more than $200,000 to support programs, services, and research that help people with the disease.
The Arthritis Walk is an annual non-competitive walking event hosted by the Arthritis Foundation that raises awareness and support for arthritis programs, services and research.
Arthritis affects people of all ages and origins. 2.3 million Michigan residents have arthritis (31% of the population), including 10,300 children. The disease causes progressive deterioration of bones, ligaments, cartilage, and tendons. People with arthritis often experience chronic pain and increasingly limited mobility. The underlying cause of arthritis is unknown and there is no cure.
19% of African Americans are afflicted with arthritis, compared to 24% whites, 11% Hispanics and 25% American Indians and Alaskan Natives. However, research shows that African Americans experience more pain from arthritis because they are more likely to get the most severe forms of arthritis like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Other forms of arthritis include osteoarthritis and osteoprosis.
Suggestions on controlling arthritis include weight control, exercise, stretching, vitamin D, getting enough sleep, healthy eating and avoiding certain foods like shellfish and red meat which increase uric acid in the blood. Uric acid forms crystals that settle in the joints creating more pain.
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