Gout Among Women: Not Just a “Man’s Disease”

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Gout has often been known for its predominance among men. While it is true that risk for gout is 3 times higher among men vs women due to high uric acid levels, postmenopausal women especially form a significant percentage of a population with symptoms of unaddressed gout and a disproportionate worsening in disease burden.

For Arthritis Awareness Month and ahead of Gout Awareness Day, Angelo L. Gaffo, MD, discusses the importance of addressing the prevalence and impact of gout among women and improving provider and patient education in this regard.

Read the full transcript of the episode here.

Featured Guest

Angelo L. Gaffo, MD, is the section chief of Rheumatology at the Birmingham VA Medical Center and associate professor of medicine in the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He graduated from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima, Peru) in 1999 and continued his rheumatology training in the United States.

After joining the Birmingham VA and UAB, Dr Gaffo developed a research interest in genetics, pathogenesis, clinical, and therapeutic aspects of gout and hyperuricemia.