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How common is gout?

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In the U.S., about one person in 50 gets gout. It’s more common in men than in women and children. And it tends to run in families. You have a higher risk of gout if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Eat foods high in purines (anchovies, asparagus, dried beans, liver, sardines, gravy, beer, and animal organs)
  • Drink too much alcohol
  • Take certain medicines

From: How Do I Know If I Have Gout? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?” “Gout” (symptoms, causes, diagnosis), “Stubborn Gout Misdiagnosis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter, “All About Gout”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Gout: “Symptoms,” “Tests and diagnosis,” “Pseudogout.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?” “Gout” (symptoms, causes, diagnosis), “Stubborn Gout Misdiagnosis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter, “All About Gout”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Gout: “Symptoms,” “Tests and diagnosis,” “Pseudogout.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

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