A new survey has revealed that gout is on the rise among elderly women in Britain thanks to increased cases of high blood pressure and obesity along with alcohol use.
While the disease has been always associated with older men, the survey carried out by the Boston University School of Medicine revealed that 3.5 percent of women between 60 to 69 years of age suffered from gout, a number that increased to 5.6 percent among women older than 80 years.
More than 2,400 women and 1,900 men were studied by the research team that tested uric acid levels and other risk factors such as alcohol consumption, hypertension, obesity and cholesterol levels.
Dr Hyon Choi, who headed the study, said that the main aim of the survey was to identify the connection between uric acid levels and gout risk in women. "We identified 104 gout cases in women and 200 in men. Our study found that higher levels of uric acid in the blood increase the risk gout risk for women", Dr Choi added. The details appear in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology.