Arthritis is very common in African Americans and is a little more frequent than in Caucasians. Is it possible to figure out why that is? I think that it is, at least by using our reference source.
Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint. It can also be information of the tissue or fluids around a joint. Most of us as we get older begin to have some symptoms of arthritis. We might feel pain, swelling, stiffness or have the inability to do usual things. It changes from person-to-person and from day-to-day. 66 million Americans have arthritis but there are a large percentage of sufferers who are African-American or non-Hispanic blacks. Also, Gout is another form of arthritis caused by uric acid where the body breaks down waste and this uric acid goes to joints and causes pain. This distressing disease affects 5.1million American adults. That number was reported by physicians.
I was surprised to find that Lupus is more common in African-American women then Caucasian women. It was also surprising to find that systemic Lupus is more frequent in African-American men and there were more deaths from it. Lupus is an auto-immune disorder. The occurrence of an auto-immune disorder means the body attacks itself and detrimentally affects their body system by system. This might include the respiratory system or cardiovascular system
Why is it that African Americans are more prone to getting various forms of arthritis? As far as Lupus it is not known why Blacks get lupus more than whites. As far as arthritis and gout the causes are known.
African Americans get arthritis and gout more severely and more often because they tend to have more high blood pressure and diabetes. This is especially true of males. These conditions correlate with arthritis. African-Americans are also less likely to get treatment and to stay on treatment. This may be due to lack of opportunity or ability to pay or just not being aware of treatment.
In the area of lupus while we do not know why there are more cases in the African American community. We do know why more die and that is because there is less seeking of treatment and less adherence to the treatment regimen when one needs to be followed.
What is the answer to this problem?
The answer is more information or perhaps a better job of selling the necessity of following the treatment plan and doing what the doctor says to do. Many in the African-American community aren’t given the information necessary to know how important it is to get treatment.
“Arthritis in African Americans,” Booklet, Arthritis Foundation