Arthritis in Alabama

The 2009 Alabama BRFSS* indicates that 32.9 percent of Alabamians have some form of arthritis. Two major factors in Alabama's high arthritis prevalence rate are obesity and a lack of leisure-time physical activities among our citizens. In addition, Alabama has a shortage of facilities and properly trained professionals in arthritis treatment, care, education, and rehabilitation in many areas of the state. More 2009 Alabama BRFSS state-level estimates are listed below:

1. Approximately 1.1 million or 34% adult Alabamians reported having doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

2. Over 577,000 adults in Alabama with doctor-diagnosed arthritis have limitations in their daily activities.

3. Greater than 59% of Alabama adults over 65 years of age, or 547,602, reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

4. Approximately 44% of Alabamians ages 45 to 64 reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

5. In Alabama, 38% of women and 30% of men reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

6. Approximately 424,000 obese adults in Alabama reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

7. In Alabama, a greater prevalence of arthritis exists in groups with lower educational status.

*The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world's largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. With support from the CDC, BRFSS provides state-specific information about issues such as asthma, diabetes, health care access, alcohol use, hypertension, obesity, cancer screening, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco use, and more.

Page last updated: April 9, 2017