Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis which affects over 8.3 million adults in the United States . It stems from the build-up of uric acid, a common chemical found in the body. When uric acid is over-produced, it can form tiny crystals which are deposited into joints of the toes, feet, wrists and fingers, causing arthritic pain. A recent study published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders found that women may experience gout differently than men . The study analyzed health information from 1237 patients who have been diagnosed by rheumatologists with gout. Women with gout were more likely to have their work and daily activities impaired by the disease as compared to men. In addition, women with gout typically had other health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and kidney disease. This may indicate that women with gout may benefit from customized treatment plans due to their co-existing health conditions.
If you are interested in learning more about gout please consider checking out the following resources:
- Centers for Disease Control
- Harrold et al., BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017;18(1):108.