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Gout Occurring Increasingly In Younger People

October 26, 2011 by Alexa.

Portrait of a young man
Portrait of a young man
Gout has historically been considered "the rich man's disease", and thought to occur in older men who indulged in a lot of red meat and alcohol. But gout is no longer an older-person's condition or a man's disease - younger men and more women are also being affected by it.

What is causing this rise in younger people with gout? In an online news item on CBSLosAngeles.com, Rheumatologist Doctor Robert Harris, the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Arthritis Foundation's Pacific Region, says the main factors that trigger gout are obesity, high intakes of alcohol, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Dr. Harris says he is now seeing younger patients in their 30s, 40s and 50s with gouty arthritis. He says the main factors triggering gout in younger people and in women are obesity, high alcohol intake, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Harris says gout medication (such as prescription colchicine) is one way to treat gout, along with dietary changes such as avoiding high purine foods and alcohol. To read the article on gout in younger people on CBSLosAngeles.com, >Click Here.<

Filed under: Gout Arthritis.

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