Arthritis among most common chronic conditions for U.S. veterans

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Arthritis and hypertension are the two most prevalent chronic conditions among U.S. veterans aged 25 years and older, according to data published by CDC researchers in National Health Statistics Report.

In addition, arthritis was the only chronic condition more common in veterans than nonveterans across all age groups and sexes, the researchers said. The findings are part of a larger report that found veterans aged 25 years and older demonstrated a higher prevalence of multiple chronic conditions than nonveterans, even after adjusting for age, smoking status and weight.

“The elevated prevalence of arthritis among veterans was another key takeaway for us, as arthritis was the only chronic condition more prevalent among veterans than nonveterans across both age groups and both sexes,” Peter Boersma, MPH, told Healio Rheumatology

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