|August 2, 2012||Posted by joyce under Uncategorized|
Mortality Stats: In recent decades, Gout has increased in frequency, affecting about 1-2% of the Western population at some point in their lives; believed to be due to increasing risk factors in the population, such as metabolic syndrome, longer life expectancy and changes in lifestyle and diet.
In the latest Gout statistics, however, the top ten countries with deaths due to gout are:
- Thailand with 86 deaths
- USA 69
- Mexico 49
- Japan 36
- South Korea 24
- Brazil 24
- Australia 15
- Canada 8
- Chile 7
- Germany 6
NOTES: These statistics are derived from official causes of death detailed on certificates of death by each country. Rather than being a true indicator of the number of deaths attributed to a particular cause, mortality statistics reveal more about a particular country’s reporting processes.
Incidence of Gout:
Gout accounts for approximately 5% of all cases of arthritis.
In the United States it occurs in approximately 840 out of every 100,000 people.
Gout is 9 times more common in men than women. Gout often affects men in their 40′s and 50′s although gout attacks can occur after puberty which sees an increase in uric acid levels.
Gout attacks are more common in women after the menopausal stage.
Gout attacks are also more common in people with kidney disease.
A diseased kidney is less likely to eliminate uric acidand the risk of gout is increased.
Famous people who had gout include Henry VIII, Benjamin Franklin & Thomas Jefferson.