Gout deserves to be taken seriously

In fact, gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis worldwide. Currently, one in 40 people in the UK have gout and between 1997 and 2012 the prevalence of gout rose by a whopping 64%. Caused by raised uric acid levels in the body, it is often associated with many other serious health conditions including kidney disease, diabetes, heart attack and stroke. Yet, sadly gout is not taken seriously enough – not just by the general public – but also by employers, public health officials and health professionals themselves.

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