Gout: a growing problem?
A recent BBC Radio 4 program highlighted the growing problem of gout. Originally a condition associated with men of a certain age and alcohol consumption and diet, gout is now affecting more and more people whom you wouldn’t expect. But what is Gout? High uric acid levels in the bloodstream causes crystals to form, which result in inflammation around the area, normally a joint. The condition gets worse over time, but can be managed by keep uric acid levels low.
Why is it getting more common though? Some risk factors are genetic, but factors such as age, weight, alcohol consumption, diet, high blood pressure and medications like diuretics and aspirin all increase risk. With people living longer and modern lifestyles, it is easy to see how rates have increased.
The standard treatments for gout include NSAID or corticosteroids, with colchine being prescribed in more resistant cases. New products are entering the market, with Savient’s KRYSTEXXA amongst others. This report (read it here) details the gout pipeline, which reflects the growing awareness and diagnosis of this condition.
Source: NIAMS Q&A about GouNEXT ARTICLE