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Arthritis and Indiana:
Our State's Burden


A Cooperative Agreement (U58/CCU522814-05) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported this publication. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.


  • Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among adults nationwide.
  • Over 1.3 million residents, 29.1 percent of Hoosier adults, reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis in 2005.
  • Almost 64 percent of those reporting doctor-diagnosed arthritis are working age (18-64 years old).
  • Hoosier adults who were obese were more likely to have arthritis (38.6 percent) compared to those who were neither overweight nor obese (21.7 percent).
  • Women were more likely to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis than men (32.4 vs. 25.9 percent).
  • A greater percentage of low income Hoosiers had doctor-diagnosed arthritis than those with higher incomes (36.1 percent of people making less than $15,000 vs. 22 percent of those making $75,000 or more).
  • People with doctor-diagnosed arthritis were 4 times more likely to report poor health (9.8 vs. 2.3 percent) and more days per month with limited activity (6.1 vs. 2.7).
  • Hospitalization costs for Hoosiers with arthritis exceeded $610 million in 2005.
  • Most arthritis care does not involve hospital admissions so the real cost of arthritis – from lost wages, doctor visits, medications, and rehabilitation – is much higher.
  • Research shows that physical activity and losing excess body weight can improve the lives of people with arthritis and prevent some forms of the disease.