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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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.

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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 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.