We are proud to partner with The Arthritis Society to promote awareness for this condition. Produce Made Simple joined the June 2015 Walk to Fight Arthritis. For further involvement to support The Arthritis Society, please visit their website.
There is no cure for arthritis.
The term arthritis (“arthro” meaning joint, “itis” meaning inflammation) is used to refer to more than 100 related conditions. Arthritis can strike anyone at anytime, regardless of age, physical condition or ethnic background, often with devastating and debilitating effects. Arthritis brings with it a burden of pain and disability that those living with this disease must face every day. The main symptoms of arthritis are chronic joint pain, stiffness and swelling, which can result in significant disability and poor quality of life.
Some important numbers to know:
4.6 million – Over 4.6 million Canadian adults (one in six Canadians aged 15 years and older) report having arthritis. By 2036, this number is expected to grow to an estimated 7.5 million Canadian adults (one in five).
$33 billion – The impact of arthritis on the Canadian economy in health-care costs and lost productivity is estimated to be $33 billion each year. By 2031, this number is expected to more than double to over $67 billion.
First – Among all causes of disability in Canada, arthritis ranks first among women and third among men.
2/3 – Two out of three Canadians affected by arthritis are women.
3/5 – Nearly three out of every five people with arthritis are of working age.
60 – Within a generation, there will be a new diagnosis of osteoarthritis in Canada every 60 seconds.