GOUT Is Becoming Increasingly Common.
About 4.1 per cent of people suffer from gout, according to the Singapore Chinese Health Study, which was carried out with 52,322 participants (mean age of 62 years old). The mean age at diagnosis was 55 years.
The disease manifested at a mean age of 44 years, and as early as 16 years, in another local study of 100 gout patients seen in a public hospital.
“Gout appears to be getting more and more common, and there seems to be a worldwide trend towards gout patients getting younger,” says Dr Warren Fong, Associate Consultant, Department of Rheumatology and Immunology, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group.
Men are more at risk of gout than women. However, after menopause, women’s risk increases.
What’s Worrying Is That Gout Is Associated With A Host of Conditions…
In one study, the majority of patients had at least one associated disease. The most common one was High Blood Pressure, followed by High Cholesterol, Kidney Disease, Heart Disease and Diabetes.
Gout: What Foods to Avoid to Prevent Gout Attacks
It’s important to reduce the intake of foods high in purine.
What are Foods high in purine?
Foods highest in purine – to abstain
Meat stocks and gravies
Bak kut teh (a local Chinese pork rib soup)
Certain fish or shellfish
Anchovies (ikan bilis)
Certain fruits and vegetables
Strawberries (& strawberry jam)
Beans and legumes
Moon cake (a Chinese delicacy)
All internal organs of animals & birds