Health Statistics Section
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530
ANDANDArthritis Among Adults
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States, with more than 40
million people reporting that a doctor has diagnosed them with the condition.
Of those diagnosed, 16 million are limited in their daily activities because of joint
pain. Recent data from the 2005 Colorado Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
(BRFSS)1 indicate that almost one-quarter (23%) of people in Colorado are living with
some form of arthritis. Table 1 shows that the prevalence of arthritis is higher among
females, older respondents, and obese individuals but lower among Hispanics.
Jason Gannon, Health Statistics Section
A Closer Look
When comparing individuals who have received a diagnosis of arthritis to those who
have not, differences become readily apparent (Table 2).
Individuals with arthritis are more likely to report:
➤ High blood pressure;
➤ Less/limited leisure time physical activity;
➤ Use of special equipment such as a cane, a wheelchair, a bed, or a telephone;
➤ Overall general health identified as fair or poor.
Alyson Shupe, Ph.D.,
Research and Evaluation Unit
Jodi Drisko, M.S.P.H.,
Chris Wells, M.S.
Survey Research Unit
Becky Rosenblatt, M.A.,
Vital Statistics Unit
Mary Chase, Director
Kirk Bol, M.S.P.H
Rose Hammond, M.S.
Table 1. Prevalence of arthritis, Colorado adults, BRFSS 2005
Persons with Arthritis