Gout prevention

Gout is considered the disease of the kings, but rheumatologist Dr. Chris Parker sees it as the king of diseases.

Dr. Parker joined KXAN’s Erin Cargile to discuss this very painful condition, which is often attributed to rich diets of meat, fish and alcohol.  Interestingly, younger men are more at risk for gout – Dr. Parker explains why.

Risk Factors include:

  1. Rich diet, high in meat, seafood, beverages sweetened with fructose
  2. High alcohol consumption, especially beer
  3. Obesity
  4. Medical conditions: hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, etc
  5. Age and sex – Gout occurs primarily in men ages 30-50: women after menopause
  6. Certain medication – thiazide diuretics (used for hypertension) and low-dose aspirin
  7. Family history

Dr. Parker invites individuals with gout to join a Gout Support Group beginning Saturday, May 23 at ADC North, 3rd floor, south wing at 10 AM.