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By: Dr. Sushma Shah - Naturopathic Doctor


Impact of Arthritis Is Set to "Boom" In U.S.
September 1, 2005

Impact of Arthritis Is Set to "Boom" In U.S.

Natural Therapies for an Aging Population at Risk

Arthritis is among the most prevalent health problems in the U.S. today, affecting more than 66 million (nearly 1 in 3) adults. Unfortunately, these numbers are likely to increase dramatically as the U.S. population ages. For example, the number of people aged 65 or older who have doctor-diagnosed joint conditions is projected to more than double, from 15.7 million in 2002 to 33.3 million in 2030.

Of course, proper medical attention can make life easier and less painful for many of these patients: More than 39 million doctor visits are recorded every year for individuals seeking relief.

While the healthcare industry works to help these individuals and prepare for the impending upsurge in arthritis cases, many patients are taking a closer look at the variety of therapeutic options available. And with all of the questions surrounding the safety of some over-the-counter medicines, natural options are increasingly utilized as effective clinical treatments that hold minimal to no side-effects.

Omega-3 essential fatty acids, for example, are achieving mainstream acceptance as an adjunct to other approaches for patients seeking relief for many types of joint issues—and with good reason. Several studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids, found in abundance in fish oil, can reduce minor pain and stiffness in patients, and perhaps lessen their need for over-the-counter approaches.

In additional to general joint health, there are also targeted therapies for specific types of arthritis that have been shown to provide relief. (While often referred to as if it were a single disease, arthritis is actually an umbrella term used for more than 100 different conditions that affect the joints).

For instance, now available are medical foods that contain a scientifically-formulated blend of the best natural ingredients to provide relief for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other joint conditions. And for osteoarthritis, the most common joint disease, an advanced nutraceutical has been shown as a viable alternative to over-the-counter remedies. In clinical tests, this herbal dietary supplement provided up to 72% relief of common joint symptoms and with no harmful side effects.

Are you one of the millions of Americans who is suffering from arthritis? Do you want to do everything possible to keep your joints healthy? If so, please schedule an appointment at my office. We can discuss how alternative therapies that include fish oils can safely and effectively help relieve your symptoms.


Click any of the following Links for details.

Arthritis Foundation: The facts about arthritis.
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Targeting arthritis
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