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D. Arthritis: A Growing Epidemic

Narrator: This is Science Today. The number one reason Americans over sixty-five visit the doctor is for arthritis pain. And Dr. Nancy Lane of the University of California, San Francisco says joint pain and swelling is on the rise.

Lane: Arthritis is going up because the number of people in America who are aging are going up, so the baby boomers are about to hit their sixties and seventies and they're going to have an epidemic of arthritis.

Narrator: Because of the rise of arthritis, Lane says it's important for people to understand how to manage the disease with the medicines the doctor prescribes, as well as non-medical treatment..

Lane: Which means exercise and taking an arthritis self-help class so you can learn how to modify your life and get the most out of your medicines and your exercise and because your joints hurt, to remember that that's not a diagnosis that then you can become a couch potato, staying active and doing the things you like to do, maybe not at the same intensity, is important for your overall outlook on life.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.