Sit and wonder about the numbers of RAers in the world

Sit and wonder about the numbers of RAers in the world
July 7, 2017 Nathalie

Have you ever wondered at the Rheumatoid Arthritis prevalence in the world ? It’s an amazing thing to do and it was about time I write a small conversation with myself on the subject.

What is the Rheumatoid Arthritis prevalence?

The Rheumatoid Arthritis prevalence rate is between 0,5 to 1% in a given population (Am J Manag Care. 2012;18:S295-S302). Otherwise put, it means that among 200 random people, there will be 1 to 2 persons living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The prevalence rate is the total number of cases of a disease existing in a population divided by the total population.

Let’s take this walk a little further

There are 7,5 billions people living on this planet, and yes, that’s right… At this point, I made the calculation twice, there must be an extra zero somewhere.

We are 37 to 75 million people with Rheumatoid Arthritis
in the world !

As a matter of fact, we outnumber the Nepalese, the Ghanaian and by far the Australians, who are only 25 million. Together, we would populate a whole country the size somewhere between the Venezuela and the UK.

Of course, it’s a terrible news. In any case, we may feel isolated but we certainly are not alone. We belong to a vast community. I meditate shortly on this huge number of people who know exactly what it feels like, I’m overwhelmed, try it yourself.

Our number compare to a big country with a population undergoing a terrible lifelong condition, among the most painful and exhausting known. A disease with no known cure, crippling and evolutive, as a result, many of us have to stop to work. In addition, we have to take dangerous treatments, some of them so expensive only a bunch can afford to pay. World health organizations, where the hell are you? Are you not seeing us ? What is wrong with you ?

Overview of Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Allan Gibofsky, MD, JD, FACP, FCLM
The American Journal of Managed Care, 2012;18:S295-S302


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