In a study presented at last years American College of Rheumatology, it has been shown that lifetime rates for osteoarthritis are significantly higher in women who are Hispanic or black. The study was carried out at the Orthopedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
The study used a computer simulation model to look at the risk of various races in developing osteoarthritis. The study found first of all, that people in their 30s and 40s and are obese are developing osteoarthritis more frequently than was thought in the past.
It has been known for a while that being overweight or obese is a significant right risk factor for developing the arthritis. In addition, having sustained a knee injury in the past is a known factor for developing posttraumatic knee arthritis.
Results of the study showed that black women had the highest lifetime risk for developing arthritis in the neighborhood of 17%. The lowest risk was seen in Caucasian men at 10%.
The percentages for black females came in at 11.3% and 10.5% for Hispanic women. So these are slightly higher than the risk of Caucasian men for developing painful osteoarthritis.
The computer simulation put together these percentages as a chance of developing painful knee osteoarthritis by the age of 65. When looking at the rates of actual total knee replacement for the groups look at, 6.2% of black women and 3.2% of Hispanic men will go on to obtaining a knee replacement.
Overall, the main conclusion of the study is that the rate of the osteoarthritis is increasing in younger individuals, and therefore it is important to modify those risk factors which can be changed. For instance, one’s race cannot be altered, but weight loss can be achieved.
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