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Arthritis Awareness

Millions of Americans of all ages have arthritis. See how much you know about different forms of arthritis with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Arthritis is an umbrella term for how many diseases?

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The correct answer is: Arthritis is a general term for a group of more than 100 diseases.

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What is arthritis?

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The correct answer is: Arthritis is inflammation in and around the body's joints.

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Which of these is the most common form of arthritis?

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The correct answer is: Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It's a condition in which the cartilage that covers the bones and forms the surface of the joints becomes thinner, rougher and less protective of the bone. As that happens, the bones grind against each other, and the joint becomes inflamed.

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How many Americans have osteoarthritis?

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The correct answer is: More than 27 million people in the United States have osteoarthritis.

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Which of these is a symptom of arthritis?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Pain, stiffness and swelling can result from inflammation associated with arthritis.

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Which of these activities may be affected because of arthritis?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Arthritis limits everyday activities such as walking, dressing and bathing.

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True or false: Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among Americans aged 15 and older.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability among Americans aged 15 and older.

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True or false: Men experience arthritis more than women.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Nearly 60 percent of Americans with arthritis are women.

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True or false: Only elderly people experience arthritis.

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The correct answer is: This is false. More than half of those with arthritis are under the age of 65.

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Which foods should people with arthritis avoid?

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The correct answer is: For rheumatoid arthritis, avoid tomatoes, eggplants, red bell peppers and spicy, greasy or fried foods. Smoking and drinking alcohol can also aggravate rheumatoid arthritis. For degenerative arthritis with no rheumatoid inflammation, avoid cold and raw foods. Eat less sugar and avoid being in damp, cold places. Talk to your doctor about specific dietary restrictions.

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Which of these is a way osteoarthritis is different from rheumatoid arthritis?

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The correct answer is: Osteoarthritis is brought on by wear and tear, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition.

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Which of these is a way osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are similar?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis cause joints to become painful and stiff, and both can limit mobility, rob you of independence and lessen your quality of life.

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What part of your body can rheumatoid arthritis affect?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect body parts other than the joints, including the eyes, lungs, skin and blood vessels.

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True or false: One of the signs of rheumatoid arthritis is that it's symmetrically distributed in the body.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Rheumatoid arthritis is usually symmetrical; that is, if your right wrist is affected, your left wrist probably will be affected, too.

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How many Americans have rheumatoid arthritis?

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The correct answer is: An estimated 1.3 million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis.

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How many American children are affected by juvenile arthritis?

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The correct answer is: There are roughly 300,000 children in the United States with juvenile arthritis, making it more common than type 1 diabetes or any childhood cancer.

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True or false: Juvenile arthritis is triggered by a virus.

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The correct answer is: This is false. There has been no conclusive evidence that any particular virus, bacteria or chemical triggers arthritis in children.

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Which of these can slow the progression of arthritis?

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The correct answer is: A healthy lifestyle, good diet and regular exercise may slow or even prevent the progression of arthritis.

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True or false: Swimming is a bad exercise for preventing arthritis, as it increases swelling because of the water's buoyancy.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Swimming is a good exercise for preventing arthritis and for reducing pain and stiffness if you have arthritis.

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What type of doctor treats arthritis?

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The correct answer is: Rheumatologists specialize in treating diseases of the joints, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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