New research has shown that over 10 million of U.S. adults have been diagnosed with gout at some point and the numbers are rising fast, at a rate of nearly 4% per year. Scientists have linked the increased rate of gout with obesity and heavy consumption of alcohol. It has also been identified that more and more younger people are now suffering from gout, so it’s not isolated to any one particular age group or sex.
Gout can be excruciatingly painful for those sufferers, but it is one of the most preventable and treatable forms of arthritis. The majority of risk factors for gout are closely related to lifestyle, rather than genetics. This gives hope to the millions of sufferers that through sensible changes in lifestyle, the majority of people will be able to prevent and cure gout attacks.
The rising number of cases of gout is not solely limited to the U.S. In fact, the number of people suffering from gout has jumped across parts of Asia, Europe, and even urban sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists have attributed the global jump in gout with the modern lifestyles that many people now lead, particularly with the increased consumption of alcohol and meat. There remain, however, some communities around the world with an extremely low prevalence of gout, primarily liked to their dietary intake and regular use of exercise.