Per this article, more than half of people with diabetes also suffer arthritis, CDC researchers find. It’s not just a problem for older people. Diabetes patients aged 18 to 44 have a 27.6% chance of having arthritis — 2.5 times the 11% rate seen in the general population. In the 45-64 age group, arthritis strikes 51.8% of people with diabetes and 36.4% of the general population. Arthritis afflicts 62.4% of diabetes patients 65 and older, vs. 56.2% of those without diabetes. The findings come from nationwide telephone surveys conducted in 2005 and 2007. The extent of the problem surprised the research team, says Charles Helmick, MD, lead scientist for the CDC’s arthritis program.