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Your stories about living with gout.

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Order or download the gout booklet. Gout, which is caused by deposits of crystals in the joints, is often said to be the most painful form of arthritis.



Gout is often said to be the most painful form of arthritis. Symptoms include intensely painful, red, hot and swollen joints, and it most often affects the big toe.



Data and statistics on how common gout is and how it affects general practice in the UK.

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What is gout?

Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis. Attacks usually come on very quickly, and this sudden onset of symptoms is known as an acute attack.


Updated gout guidelines

Worryingly the prevalence of gout is increasing in many populations, due mainly to lifestyle issues, co-morbidities and longevity. Disappointingly the delivery and uptake of medical care for gout remains poor in many places – hence the need for a guideline update.

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The summer of gout

In a study published in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases surveillance data gathered by the Royal College of General Practitioners Research and Surveillance Centre in Birmingham was used to plot the incidence and prevalence of gout between 1994 and 2007.

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Gout on the front pages

Gout is on the rise in the UK but continues to be managed as a series of acute attacks rather than as a curable metabolic condition...

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Gout – a bowl of cherries, sir?

The notion that consumption of cherries or cherry extract may help prevent episodes of gout has been around for some time. A recent paper from Boston offers early evidence to support this....

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Overweight adults 'more likely to develop gout'

Overweight and obesity are associated with an increased prevalence of gout, according to US scientists.


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