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Who gets gout?

Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, affecting 2.5% of adults in the UK. It affects more men than women and can affect men of any age. Women  rarely develop gout before the menopause.

It gets more common with increasing age in both men and women, affecting 15% of men and 6% of women over the age of 75. Gout has been getting more common in recent decades in many countries, including the UK. This is mainly because we are living longer, and more people are getting overweight or obese.

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