Gout Cartoons

While gout is a very serious and extremely painful form of inflammatory arthritis, it is widely misunderstood – and often unjustly poked fun at – by the general public. To help raise awareness about the severity of gout, debunk common myths and encourage proper diagnosis and treatment, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society has teamed up with cartoonist Shaun Boland to introduce a series of educational comics.

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The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society encourages you to know your uric acid levels so you can prevent your next gout flare. Make sure you're visiting your doctor at least every six months to get your uric acid levels checked and remember to aim for 6.0 mg/ dL or below. Don't walk a fine line when it comes to managing your gout! The earlier you seek treatment, the easier it will be to manage.

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The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society encourages you to make one good choice every six months by getting your uric acid levels checked, like Carl, and aiming for a healthy level of 6.0 mg/dL or below.

The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society urges gout sufferers to learn more about the disease and to seek treatment beyond making changes to your diet – with the most important step being to check uric acid levels regularly (every six months) and aim for a healthy target of 6.0 mg/dL or below.

Through the "Go for 6" campaign, GUAES is committed to raising awareness about the severity of gout and the importance of regular uric acid testing and management. For gout patients, the American College of Rheumatology and European League Against Rheumatism recommend checking sUA levels every six months, with a goal of keeping levels to 6.0 mg/dL or below.

The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society encourages you to kick off football season by reminding your patients to get a routine blood test to determine their serum uric acid (sUA) level. Both the ACR and EULAR propose a target sUA level of 6.0 mg/dL or below in their gout treatment guidelines.


Gout can affect anyone at any time – even professional athletes like Anthony "Spice" Adams. A retired professional football player, Adams was first affected by gout after returning from a break during the Chicago Bears’ 2009 season. He was put on the injury report after suffering from an extremely painful gout flare. Today, he takes a daily uric acid-lowering medication to keep his sUA levels below 6.0 mg/dL. He also leads an active lifestyle and limits trigger foods such as red meat. If you have gout, talk to your medical professional about taking steps to control your gout – and remember, the magic number is six: have your uric acid checked every six months, and aim to keep your levels below 6.0 mg/dL.

As the most common type of inflammatory arthritis, gout is often overlooked as a serious disease. In fact, 7 in 10 adults don't know that gout is a form of arthritis. Gout is associated with other serious conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and blood lipid issues, which are dangerous and can potentially become life-threatening.


Gout is an extremely painful disease, yet just one in five Americans thinks of gout as a “serious” condition.


While gout can affect a number of joints, it most commonly affects the big toe. Consumption of alcoholic beverages – particularly beer – has been linked to gout flares. While people who don’t drink beer can still get gout, studies have shown that those who do drink beer are more likely to suffer from attacks.


There are a number of factors that can contribute to gout attacks, including high uric acid levels greater than 6.0 mg/dL and consumption of alcohol. Taking steps like getting your uric acid levels checked regularly and avoiding trigger foods and drinks, like red meat and alcohol, can help to reduce future attacks.


Because uric acid is formed from the breakdown of purines, many medical professionals recommend low-purine diets for patients suffering from gout. Certain foods – including shellfish, like lobster – have been linked to an increase in gout flares. As part of a low-purine diet, patients are encouraged to include more foods such as low-fat or non-fat dairy products, fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, nuts and grains.


One of the founding fathers of the United States and a major contributor to the understanding of electricity, Benjamin Franklin was also a sufferer of gout. While Franklin may never have actually been struck by electricity, he was very vocal about his extremely painful run-ins with gout.


One of the most influential scientists of all time, Sir Isaac Newton is known for his work with the laws of motion and universal gravitation. As a sufferer of gout himself, Newton certainly understood the “gravity” of the disease.


While gout typically affects men over the age of 40, risk factors ranging from family history to having other health issues mean gout can affect anyone at any time – even professional athletes. It is important for those who are at risk for gout to take steps such as visiting their doctors and having their uric acid levels checked regularly.


Does Santa Claus have gout? Because he is older, overweight and is presumed to eat a lot of high-fructose corn syrup found in the cookies and candies left for him by children around the world, he very well could be at risk. During the holiday season, those who have gout should be especially cautious to refrain from overindulging in decadent meals, treats and alcohol consumption.


May 22 is National Gout Awareness Day. During this day, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society amplifies its efforts to call attention to the growing incidence of gout – the most common form of inflammatory arthritis – and promote the importance of immediate and ongoing treatment for improved outcomes. While gout is a very serious disease, just 10 percent of gout sufferers are being properly treated. Don’t let gout get in the way of your celebrations!


For years, gout was referred to as a rich man's disease, or king's disease, and was believed to only affect the wealthy and overindulgent. Today, we know that is not true. Because there are many risk factors and health issues associated with gout, it can affect anyone at any time.

Gout is most dangerous when it is connected with other comorbidities. Gout has been linked to other serious health issues, including hypertension, kidney disease, diabetes and obesity.

Gout most commonly begins in the big toe – but it can move around to affect other joints as well, or may not affect the big toe at all. Other joints that gout commonly affects include the ankle, mid foot, wrist, elbow or small joints of the fingers. In order to stop gout from progressing, many people suffering from gout will need to be put on uric acid-lowering medication, and will need to make various changes to their diet and lifestyle. If uric acid-lowering medication is not taken regularly by those who need it, frequency and duration of flares – along with the number of joints affected – will increase.