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Gout rates soar 16/01/2014

Rates of gout, a disease traditionally linked to alcohol, have ‘soared’ in the UK in the last two decades, experts warn today.

The condition now affects 2.5% of the population, the highest rate in Europe, according to a report in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

The researchers declined to speculate on the reasons for the increase.

In the popular mind, gout is linked to port, alcohol and weight. But the latest findings suggest the ageing population is a factor.

Researchers found the highest proportion of cases in Wales and the north-east of England.

Among patients in their 30s, 11 men have the problem for every two women. The highest rates of diagnosis were found among people in their 80s.

The findings come from an analysis of some 4.5 million on GP lists, recorded in the Clinical Practice Research Datalink.

The researchers, led by Dr Weiya Zhang, of City Hospital, Nottingham, say that many people with the problem are being under-treated. Just a third were treated with urate-lowering drugs.

They also found that patients do not like taking the medicine. Just 40% complied with their doctors’ advice in 2012.

Annals of Rheumatic Diseases 16 January 2014 [abstract]

 

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