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Half of Chinese over 40 suffer from Osteoarthritis: Survey

Beijing, Oct 22: Almost half the citizens of China
over the age of 40 suffer from osteoarthritis, a disease
caused by bone and cartilage damage around the joints due to
old age and injuries, according to a recent survey.

The survey of 6,000 Chinese over 40 in six regions show
the disease was equally prevalent in urban and rural areas,
Director of a Research Institute under the Health Ministry,
Xue Qingyun said.

The survey conducted for this year's international
osteoporosis conference found 46.3 per cent of people in the
age group suffered from the condition, 50.4 per cent of them
women and 41.6 per cent men.

Chinese aged between 60 to 69 have the highest rates of
osteoarthritis, most of which was diagnosed in the lumbar
area, the survey said.

Meanwhile, a survey by Chinese Medical Association showed
11 per cent Chinese over the age of 20 have been diagnosed
with osteoporosis, which causes a lessening of bone density.

Bureau Report

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