Gout is an excruciatingly painful form of arthritis, but it can respond well to changes in lifestyle.
Recent research suggests that the rate of gout in Australia has been steadily rising since the 1960s, and now affects 70,000 Australians a year. The prevalence is particularly severe in men over 70. According to a recent study, gout affects 16.5 per cent of elderly men, which is the second-highest reported rate in the world.
While gout is most common in elderly and middle-aged men and post-menopausal women, it can affect people of any age. Gout is actually a form of arthritis or swelling of the joints, and usually affects the big toe, as well as the feet, ankles and knees. However, it can sometimes appear in the fingers, wrists and elbows as well.
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