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BBC reports Arthritis cases "set to double"
9th May 2012
The BBC News website reports that "cases of osteoarthritis in Britain look set to double to over 17million by 2030".
The BBC article cites a report by the charity Arthritis Care saying the predicted rise is down to the UK's ageing population and growing obesity problem.
"The report - OANation 2012 - says 8.5 million people in the UK have osteoarthritis and 71% of them - 6m - are in constant pain.
Osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis affects the joints, causing pain and stiffness and often reduced mobility. It usually develops in people aged over 50, but some are younger. The exact cause is not known, but anything that puts stress and strain on the joints - including obesity - can play a part.
Although not life-threatening, OA can have a significant impact on quality of life."