Here are the answers to the quiz:
1. Arthritis is a disease of aging. a) true b) false
While the prevalence of arthritis increases with age, it can strike at any time. Two-thirds of those who are affected are under the age of 65, and almost 300,000 are children.
2. How many types of arthritislike conditions are there? a) 100 b) 4 c) 26 d) 50
There are actually more than 100 forms of arthritis affecting joints and connective tissues throughout the body.
3. Arthritis primarily affects: a) men b) women c) both equally
Nearly two-thirds of those who have arthritis are women, although some diseases (such as gout or ankylosing spondylitis) are more likely to affect men.
4. Arthritis is a minor disease of aches and pains. a) true b) false
Arthritis often starts out as minor aches and pains but may progress rapidly. Some forms of arthritis can affect the muscles and connective tissues of the body, including the skin and internal organs. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to avoid the damage that can occur in the first few years.
5. There is no really effective treatment for arthritis. a) true b) false
According to the Arthritis Foundation, half of all Americans agree with this statement, but it's not true. Although there is no known cure for most forms of arthritis, there are effective treatments available to relieve symptoms and help prevent or delay permanent damage and disability. Appropriate treatment depends on the type of arthritis.
6. The most common form of arthritis is: a) rheumatoid arthritis b) gout c) fibromyalgia d) osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis far outnumbers other types of arthritis, accounting for more than 20 million of the 43 million Americans who have arthritis.
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