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Lack Of Knowledge About Gout - A Common Form Of
May 21, 2007
though more than two million Americans suffer from it, 40 percent of
the nation's population does not realize gout is one of the most
painful forms of arthritis.
like to increase the level of gout awareness and, ultimately, help
patients improve the long-term management of their condition for a
better quality of life," explained Dr. Edwards, a specialist in
rheumatology and professor of medicine at the University of Florida,
half the people surveyed (56%), think that eating rich foods and
drinking lots of beer causes of gout," he continued. "While diet can
trigger a gout attack, hyperuricemia is the basic underlying disorder
that leads to gout. The higher a person's uric acid level, the greater
the risk for developing gout."
(elevated levels of uric acid in the blood) occurs when too much uric
acid is produced in the body or when the kidneys are unable to
eliminate an adequate amount of uric acid. Gout can be managed by
lowering one's uric acid to a low level.
people don't realize that gout is a form of arthritis, but for men over
40 years old, it is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis,"
said Dr. Patience White, Chief Public Health Officer for the Arthritis
is the nation's leading cause of disability among Americans over age
15," added Dr. White. "With May being National Arthritis Month we hope
to promote education and a further understanding of the condition among
the more than 46 million people in the United States who suffer from
the many forms of arthritis, including gout patients."
common inflammatory arthritis in men over the age of 40, gout is
characterized by sudden and severe episodes of pain, tenderness,
redness, stiffness and swelling of joints. Gout is most often felt in
the large joint of the big toe, but it can affect other joints such as
the instep, ankle, heel, knee, wrist, finger and elbow. Today, more
than two million Americans suffer the pain and inconvenience of gout,
but the good news is that gout can be managed and controlled with
medication and through adjustments to diet and lifestyle.
Formed in September
2005, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society has a
comprehensive educational brochure, as well as a user-friendly Web site
for patients, caregivers, family members and health care providers.
& Uric Acid Education Society commissioned the Opinion Research
Corporation to administer the survey. A total of 1,024 interviews were
conducted by phone among a random, nationwide sample of American adults
age 18 and older, May 3-6, 2007. The percentage of error is plus or
minus three percent for the entire sample of 1,024.
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