The global rheumatoid arthritis statistics and prevalence normally escalate with growing age until 70 years. Women are almost doubly affected than men, an accurate compilation of the exact figure of the individuals suffering from musculoskeletal problems is quite tough, and it is always done through approximation. It is seen in many cases that Caucasians are more prone to R A than African black population, though studies signifies that there is no difference in the onset of the disease in African American or urban African people. This data shows that people leading an urban lifestyle, may have greater possibilities of having rheumatoid arthritis.
Overall census for a cumulative data regarding the rheumatoid arthritis disease is just a small step for a greater cause. Precision is certainly lacking to compile such huge and intricate details for record purpose.In developed countries the data extraction system and process of execution is certainly good, in comparison to the developing countries. Less developed countries certainly have got limited resources to deal with this serious issue. Data can be very beneficial for research purposes; combination of many different forms of data sources should be included for better evaluation, such as medical insurance, pension fund record, banks, N G Os etc.
According to the published report “The global burden of disease 2000” by W H O (world health organization) approximately 1% of the global population, mainly adults are suffering from R A. The percentage seems to be less as the figure is only 1%, but the fact of the matter is, the total number is staggering, it is almost close to 24 million peoples. This data doesn’t include those children who are suffering from J R A (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) or J I A (juvenile idiopathic arthritis).
Different countries have committees, organizations who work for their respective countries to help gather information, research work for this chronic ailment. With passing time R A patients might aggravate their physical stamina, deterioration in the life style and working capabilities changes drastically. More than 40% of the patients lose their full potential to work properly within the first 5 years of diagnosis. More than 50% of the patients face disability within 10 years of suffering R A.
Here are some statistics of different countries around the world and approximate number of cases grasped by rheumatoid arthritis.
- United States Of America – 40 million
- United Kingdom – 8.2 million
- Russia – 19.6 million
- Germany – 11.2 million
- Italy – 7.9 million
- China – 176 million
- India – 145 million
- Japan – 17 million
- Indonesia – 32 million
- Australia – 2.7 million
- South Africa – 6 million
- Ghana – 2.8 million
- Egypt – 10.4 million
- Brazil – 25 million
- Mexico – 14.3 million
These are staggering figures; the impact of rheumatoid arthritis will drastically expand from the current scenario. Older generation will certainly get targeted by this chronic disease. Change in lifestyle, more urbanization, will certainly increase the cases of obesity. Leading a healthy lifestyle can combat this deadly disease the most other than anything.