How common is Gout?

Gout is a very common disease that plagues millions of people all around the world. In the United States alone, there are over 5 million people suffering from gout. Gout is 9 times more prevalent in men than in women. In men the disease attacks post puberty. It is quite common in men between the ages of 40 and 60 years. It reaches its peak by the age of 75 years. In women, gout attacks are mostly experienced after menopause. Children are rarely affected by gout or inflammatory arthritis.

People hailing from different cultures and societies have been known to suffer from gout since ages. Some of the most notable names that have been victim to gout attacks include King George IV, Christopher Columbus, Benjamin Franklin and Sir Isaac Newton!

Countries that have a higher standard of living are also the ones that have the maximum percentage of their population suffering from gout attacks due to their unhealthy life styles, improper diets, drug dependence and excessive intake of alcohol.

Along with these demographic groups, people suffering from obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and arteriosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) as well as depending upon certain medications such as low dose aspirin, thiazide diuretics and anti-rejection drugs are also known to suffer commonly from gout.

All these factors result in the creation of excessive uric acid in the body that can be easily metabolized, which in turn leads most often to gout.