Arthritis Affects More Than 50 Million Americans

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

There are over 100 different kinds of arthritis that affect all different parts of the body and can cause a variety of health issues. Three well- known types are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Juvenile Arthritis and each can cause pain, fatigue and inflammation.  There are many diseases that do not have arthritis in the name, but cause the same symptoms and may be related, they include; Fibromyalgia, Gout and Osteoporosis. Arthritis affects the lives of over 50 million Americans suffering from the disease and is the leading cause of disability in the nation.

Education is one of the most important tools for dealing with arthritis and its associated symptoms; May is national awareness month in the U.S and is a great time to get involved in learning how to fight back against arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of degenerative joint disease that is caused by the breakdown of joint cartilage, which causes the bones to rub together causing stiffness, pain and loss of motion. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease characterized by inflammation in the lining of the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in loss of function, chronic pain and even disability. Juvenile arthritis affects 294,000 children under the age of 18 and encompasses all arthritis related conditions found in children.

Arthritis Relief with Supplementation

Boswellia has been used for centuries to treat arthritis and other inflammatory issues. MSM is a biologically active form of sulfur that exhibits anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. The benefits of the patented OptiMSM brand of MSM are supported by double blind clinical research. Glucosamine sulfate has proven especially effective for treating osteoarthritis in the hip and knees.

Free radicals are the by products produced by natural reactions occurring within the body. When the level of free radicals out numbers that of naturally occurring antioxidants that can neutralize the effects of free radicals, the body is in a state of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress in the joint tissue causes cartilage to break down and lose elasticity, cause inflammation of the cell’s membrane and breakdown the joint tissue. Through the process of Lipid Replacement Therapy, is intended to restore health the damaged joint tissue by replacing damaged lipids in the cells with healthy lipids from the supplement.

Arthritis May Have an Emotional Effect

 Arthritis is not only debilitating physically, it can affect emotional well being and overall health as well. Arthritis patients often have anxiety and depression; recent research also shows evidence of a link between arthritis and diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently conducted a studying showing that arthritis sufferers have high rates of depression and anxiety. Many times these secondary symptoms are not diagnosed and can cause additional or stronger physical symptoms. The 1,800 person study found 31% of arthritis sufferers interviewed had a form of anxiety and another 18% were suffering from depression. There was also a significant overlap between the two secondary diagnoses found; 84% of depression sufferers also had anxiety as well as 50% of participants with anxiety also showed signs of depression.

Unfortunately, only half of the participants that exhibited emotional issues sought medical care or treatment for the symptoms in the last year. The correlation between depression and arthritis was strongest for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. The findings of the study were not surprising to some doctors:

“We’ve known for a long time that psychological disorders of all types are increased in patients with chronic pain disorder,” Dr. Clark says.

Mental health issues experienced by arthritis sufferers, and other patients with a chronic pain causes disease, because they do not want to be labeled with another disordered or have to take additional medication. Not diagnosing and treating these symptoms can cause degenerating physical impacts; on the other hand seeking treatment can increase your emotional and physical well being.

There are great ways for arthritis sufferers to reduce arthritis associated pain and depression, including staying active. There are many community based programs geared towards keeping arthritis sufferers active and healthy including EnhanceFitness and the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk with Ease program.

Learn more about the EnhanceFitness programs in your area:


The Arthritis Foundation is the largest not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research and is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year. The Arthritis Foundation aids arthritis sufferers through health education, public policy and legislation and quality of life programs. The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual fundraiser to support public awareness of the disease and raise funds to fight it. Join the ‘Let’s Move Together’ events led by the Arthritis Foundation by building a team to participate in a walk near you.

 Join the walk today, you can make a difference!