Gout is one of the more than 100 different types of arthritis. Once called the “Disease of Kings” or “rich man’s disease,” the number of people suffering from gout is on the rise.
In England and New Zealand, the number of people evaluated at the hospital for symptoms of gout rose by 80 percent in the past decade. In the past 50 years the incidence of gout has nearly doubled in the U.S.
Like a window into your metabolic health, gout is an outward sign of what’s happening on the inside of your body. Symptoms of the condition, and long-term treatment, are related to your lifestyle choices and nutritional habits. In other words, you have some degree of control over your condition.
In 2011, gout affected 8.3 million, or 4 percent of Americans. Although the numbers of people diagnosed are rising, it may not be an accurate representation of the number of people who experience the condition each year.
Many people suffer from an episodic gout condition, experiencing several occurrences over their lifetime. However, according to Dr. Allen Anandarajah, an associate professor of medicine and a rheumatologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, many don’t see their doctor for these periodic occurrences.
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