GOUT – INTRODUCTION
Gout is known as the “Disease of Kings” as it is associated with rich food and alcohol consumption. It is a metabolic disorder associated with abnormally high uric acid levels in the blood. This precipitates to form crystals in joint spaces (very often the great toe) and sometimes in kidneys too.
EXTENT OF PROBLEM
Over 1 million people have been affected by Gout in United States.
- Hereditary: Family history of gout.
- Sex: Gout is more common in men, especially after 30 years of age. Women are usually affected after menopause.
- Diet: Increased intake of purine-rich foods such as meat (mutton, veal, sardines, bacon, organ meats) and certain vegetables (e.g. spinach, beans, peas, cauliflower, mushroom) could increase uric acid levels causing gout.
- Excessive alcohol consumption.
- Drugs: Increased intake of drugs such as diuretics, cyclosporine, low dose aspirin and/or receiving chemotherapy for a long period of time.