Health Days 2019
World Arthritis Day

​​Introduction:

World Arthritis Day is observed on 12 October every year to raise awareness and encourage early diagnosis and to urge decision makers to help alleviate the burden of those suffering from arthritis worldwide. Millions people have arthritis, which is one of the most common diseases worldwide. The causes and symptoms of arthritis vary from case to case and treatment depends on its type and severity.  

Facts:
  • Arthritis is one of the most common diseases worldwide and a leading cause of disability.
  • Arthritis is of social, economic and health effects. 
  • There are different types of arthritis, including: rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, and others.
  • Arthritis affects both men and women of all ages, including children. 
  • Risk factors for arthritis include unhealthy life style such as smoking and overweight. Other factors include aging and some professions that use joints excessively.
  • Weather changes and malnutrition do not cause arthritis.  

Objectives:
  • Raising awareness about the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Raising awareness about methods of preventing arthritis and reducing its risks. 
  • Encouraging early detection of arthritis.  

Official Date:
  • Globally: Oct. 12th, 2019
  • Locally: Safar 13th, 1441H.​



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