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About Gout

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis (sometimes called gouty arthritis) that develops in people who have high levels of uric acid in their body.

Uric acid is produced naturally by the body and from eating foods that have purines.

Purines are substances in animal and plant foods that the body converts to uric acid.

Normally, the kidneys remove this acid from the blood and it leaves the body
through the urine. With gout, excess uric acid builds up in the joints and forms needle-like crystals that cause extreme pain.

A gout attack can also be caused by joint injury, infection, kidney problems, medications or diet habits (e.g., a purine-rich, sugary diet, drinking too much alcohol or not enough water).

Being overweight, having a family history of gout or having untreated high blood pressure, diabetes or metabolic syndrome also increases the risk of developing gout.

Gout Facts

  • Gout is the most common type of ­inflammatory arthritis.
  • It affects about 8.3 million individuals in the US age 20 or older. 6.1 million men, 2.2 million women.
  • The buildup of uric acid in the blood stream is called hyperuricemia.
  • In women, gout tends to occur after menopause.
  • Heart disease is common in people with gout.
  • 90% of gout sufferers have kidneys that don’t remove enough uric acid through urine.
  • Gout is chronic and progressive if left untreated. Attacks become more severe and frequent.
  • Most common gout attack area/joint is the big toe. (Up to 50% of cases).
  • Gout is treatable for most people – using proper medication and lifestyle/diet changes.