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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Women Veterans Have Higher Prevalence of Arthritis than Male Colleagues

Heavy equipment may be contributing to higher rates of arthritis in female servicemembers. New body armor has been designed specifically for the needs of female soldiers. In this photo, Spc. Arielle Mailloux gets some help adjusting her protoype Generation III Improved Outer Tactical Vest from Capt. Lindsey Pawlowski, at Fort Campbell, KY. Army photo by Megal Locke Simpson

DURHAM, NC – While the commitment to physical fitness demanded of active duty forces can keep many ailments at bay, the rigors of service also bring an increased risk of arthritis and other rheumatic diseases, especially for young women entering (and exiting) the military.

As the major rheumatic diseases disproportionately affect women, the increasing number of women in uniform means military rheumatologists are likely to see many more patients and primary care providers will need to screen for those diseases more aggressively.


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