statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 12 OCT: The World Arthritis Day is observed each year on 12 October to raise awareness about Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs) amongst the medical community and the general public.
 Notably, in India alone 15 percent people – over 180 million – are estimated to be suffering from this crippling disease. Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis are the most common forms of arthritis.
“Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients with RA. It most commonly it starts between the ages of 40 and 60. It is about three times more common in women than in men” said  Dr Manish Dugar, Rheumatologist at Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad during discussion over the topic.
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common and serious forms of arthritis disorders in which the body&’s own immune system starts attacking the body tissues. Globally, 1 percent of the world&’s population is suffering from this chronic disease – rheumatoid arthritis. Patient suffering from Vitamin D deficiency should take daily dose of at least 1,000 International Units (IU). But it is advisable to consult the doctor before starting the supplements.
According to Dr Vivek Mittal, Sr Consultant & Jt Replacement Surgeon, Arthritis & Jt Replacement Clinic and Fortis Hospital at Shalimar Bagh, “The aim of World Arthritis Day is to raise awareness on arthritis in all its forms among the medical community, people with arthritis and the general public. This year&’s theme is ‘living better, ageing well’. Over the last decade, there has been a drastic change in patients of 40-60 years age group who are now leading a very active lif”.  He suggests, “I would urge patients to forget suffering, forget arthritis, forget deformity and live with freedom from painful movements for life”.