Nearly 60% of older Americans suffer from arthritis, a progressive joint disease which can make everyday tasks painful and difficult. A team of researchers at Northwestern University has been looking at the various risk factors involved in the outcome of arthritis.  They followed a group of nearly 6,000 men and women with arthritis.  Here are their results regarding physical activity and arthritis:

  • 14% of them became increasingly disabled. This decline was linked to many different factors including added ailments, such as diabetes or stroke and, above all, lack of regular vigorous physical activity.
  • 64% of the sample reported lack of exercise.
  • Those who did exercise tended to have a better outcome.
  • Older people with arthritis need to be encouraged to participate in some form of physical activity for the sake of their future independence.