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Rising Incidence of Gouty Arthritis Linked to Obesity and High Blood Pressure

July 1, 2011 by Lynn.

Gout now affects over 8 million Americans - about 6% of men, and 2% of women. A "pre-gout" condition called hyperuricemia (high blood levels of uric acid) can be found in a startling 21% of the population.

The soaring incidence of gout in Americans over the last 20 years has led researchers to analyze US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data to try and understand what's behind the increase in this painful form of arthritis.

The analysis established links between gout, obesity and high blood pressure. Earlier studies have linked gout to metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions including obesity, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and high cholesterol.

Better control of these conditions is key to preventing and treating gouty arthritis. Gout is a chronic condition, but can be successfully managed with lifestyle changes and gout medication such as anti inflammatories, prescription colchicine and uric acid reducers.

To read more about the study on HealthFinder.gov, >CLICK HERE.<

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