Incidence & Statistics of Gout

"The French have taste in all they do - which we are quite without; For Nature, that to them gave gout, To us gave only gout"

Thomas Erkshine (1750-1823)

Gout accounts for approximately 5% of all cases of arthritis.

In the United States it occurs in approximately 840 out of every 100,000 people.

Gout is 9 times more common in men than women.Gout often affects men in their 40's and 50's although gout attacks can occur after puberty which sees an increase in uric acid levels.

Gout attacks are more common in women after the menopause.

Famous people who had gout include Henry VIII, Benjamin Franklin & Thomas Jefferson.

Gout attacks are also more common in people with kidney disease.

A diseased kidney is less likely to eliminate uric acid and the risk of gout is increased.