Gout is a devastating disease at any age, but can hit older adults especially hard. It is the most common inflammatory arthritis seen in the elderly. As this tip sheet by Eileen Beal describes, gout is very painful, manifesting with pain, swelling, heat, tenderness and stiffness in the joints.
A report published in the Jan. 15 issue of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases shows an escalating incidence and prevalence of gout among people in the UK. As Medscape reported, researchers found gout prevalence increased by some 63 percent (from 1.52 percent to 2.47 percent) and incidence rose from 1.36 to 1.77 per 1,000 person-years between 1997 and 2012. A similar increase had been previously seen among people in the U.S. According to a 2011 study, researchers thought the higher rates were likely due to rising incidence of obesity and hypertension. Gout is also linked to a higher incidence of heart attack or stroke. Continue reading