Did you know that tomorrow, February 2, 2013, is the first ever Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day? As stated in the official press release, “Rheumatoid disease affects about one percent of the world’s population, with 1.6 to 2 million Americans currently diagnosed.”
Despite the name of the condition, rheumatoid and other types of autoimmune arthritis differ in a key way from osteoarthritis, which is what often comes to mind for the term ‘arthritis.’
- Osteoarthritis typically results from regular use of the joint or injury. On the other hand,
- Autoimmune arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis, occurs when the body’s immune system targets and attacks joint tissues and other parts of the body.
In addition to raising overall awareness regarding autoimmune arthritis, the official press release for Rheumatoid Arthritis Day points out that it coincides with Heart Disease Awareness Month in order to increase awareness of heart issues that people with autoimmune arthritis can face.
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