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Gout: Not Just for Men

September 27, 2012 by Teresa.

Gout, a form of arthritis that seems to be more common in men than in women, actually does not discriminate according to gender. Women can suffer from this painful condition, too, especially after menopause. Some studies even suggest that there is a definite increase in women with gout, particularly among the aging female population. The exact reason for the rise of gout among women remains uncertain. An Increase in age, obesity, alcohol consumption, hypertension, and diuretic use have traditionally been associated with the risk of developing gout among women and men.

Some facts surrounding the probability of developing gout show consistency. Men between the ages of 40 and 50 appear to be the top candidates. Women rarely show symptoms before menopause. Children and young adults are even less likely to be stricken with this painful disease. Heredity influences whether a person develops gout. Having a genetic predisposition accounts for about 18% of the cases.

As the number of women who have gout increases, there are other complications that can also arise. For instance, women with gout may be 39% more likely to have a heart attack according to some studies. However, the rise in the risk of heart attack for men with gout is far less.

Some people who have chronically high blood levels of urate (commonly referred to as uric acid) will go on to develop gout, but not everyone. In fact, up to roughly 2/3 of the population who have higher levels of urate do not become victims of gout. Why? No one really knows for sure. Could women have less tolerance for higher levels of uric acid since before menopause their levels are generally much lower? Once again, the jury is out on this one.

One thing that we do know is that we have a larger aging population than in the past, and it continues to grow. The number of women who develop gout has doubled. Women need to consult with their doctors if they think that they are experiencing the pain of undiagnosed gout. Because it has been traditionally associated with men and aging, often women are not diagnosed as early as they could have been, postponing treatment. Colcrys 0.6mg tablets may be prescribed for prevention and treatment of gout.


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