Comorbidities common in arthritis

Three-quarters of Australians with arthritis also have at least one other chronic condition.

They include cardiovascular disease, back problems, mental health problems, asthma, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer, says the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

About 3.3 million Australians, or one in every seven people, reported having some form of arthritis in 2011-12, while 2.4 million