Rheumatoid Arthritis Statistics

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Statistics postSome interesting numbers came across my screen in the last couple of days. I started wondering what they would look like along side of one another.

Some Rheumatoid Arthritis statistics are better than others

  • Recent Rheumatoid Arthritis statistics now estimate that a larger number of people have RA than expected: about 1.5 million in the US.
  • Yesterday was an exciting landmark for Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior. Our Facebook Fan Page reached 5,000 fans! That has to be my favorite statistic of this year so far! I’m not happy there are so many people with RA, but I’m so glad we are finding each other.
  • This month, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) adopted new guidelines for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Spokesmen say that this could make the diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis more likely to occur earlier. The emphasis is on the numbers here with a point system for qualifying to be considered “definite RA”, explained at this link. Numbers on test results will certainly be in the spotlight for patients hoping for that lucky 6. I’m still hoping this will be good news overall.
  • There is a shortage of rheumatologists and the numbers are shocking about how much worse it will get. In 2005, there were 4,946 rheumatologists in the US seeing adult patients. The demand for rheumatologists is expected to continue to increase. By 2025, the demand will exceed supply by 2,576 adult rheumatologists and 33 pediatric rheumatologists according to the statistics in this report in Arthritis and Rheumatism.
  • Mortality figures were discussed last week on the blog especially as relates to Rheumatoid Arthritis and heart disease. Most deaths due to RA are not recorded as such; it’s the secondary symptoms which usually are named. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this map of Rheumatoid Arthritis statistics on mortality.
  • There is a 3 year-old press release that is still one of the most compelling Rheumatoid Arthritis statistics. According to that document, “RA is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis and costs society more than $80 billion each year. The disease affects more than one in every 200 Americans. However, research funding for RA averages as little as $25.90 per patient and remains significantly low compared to other chronic diseases that affect far fewer people like lupus, diabetes and multiple sclerosis, which average $330.00 per patient.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis statistics don’t make enough sense cents

That last one has been haunting me in light of the others. I think it may be one of those statistics that sticks with me in spite of whatever brain fog Rheumatoid Arthritis RA sends me. Does anyone else see a paradox here?

EDIT 5/18/17: Added PR Newswire link to ACR press release to replace broken link on ACR’s site.

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