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Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, affecting 1.4 per cent of adults in the UK. Sudden attacks of gout, called acute attacks, cause intense pain in the affected joint (often the big toe).

Gout can be kept under control by reducing the level of urate in the blood, usually by drugs and changes in diet, and many people will have no problems for years. The following estimates represent the number of people that have an ongoing problem with gout during a year.

How many adults consult their GP with gout each year in the UK?

The occurance of gout increases with age, peaking in the age group of 45–64 year olds. It's more common in men, with around four times more men than women consulting their GPs for gout in a year.

 Group Percentage consulting UK estimate 
 Males  0.9 225,000 
 Females  0.2   57,000
 All  0.6 284,000



1.    Royal College of General Practitioners. Annual prevalence report 2007

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