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Are Women at Risk for Gout?

The Arthritis Foundation reported that cases of gout in women have more than doubled in the last 20 years. According to the article, gout occurs when high levels of uric acid build up in the blood.

HSS rheumatologist Theodore R. Fields, MD, FACP, noted that "in women, gout likes to travel to those distal finger joints where they may already have some osteoarthritis-related damage."

While there is a misconception that gout is a dietary disease, Dr. Fields clarified that it is a genetic disease that is typically treated with uric acid-lowering medications.

Read the full article at blog.arthritis.org