Once an accurate diagnosis is established, therapies for flare treatment and urate-lowering medications can begin. Patients should also be encouraged to live a gout-friendly lifestyle by taking steps such as exercising regularly and monitoring their diets.
Did you know?
- 7 out of 10 adults don’t know gout is a form of arthritis.
- 3 out of 4 don’t know the parts of the body gout affects.
- Only 1 in 5 thinks of gout as a serious condition.
- Very few recognize the link between gout and other comorbidities, including obesity, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease.
- 1 in 3 with gout incorrectly thinks that gout can be completely avoided simply by avoiding certain foods
Join the Gout Specialist Network
The Gout Education Society believes that continuing education for medical professionals and their staff is crucial when it comes to keeping up with the latest in gout treatment, diagnosis and management.
In October 2012, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published its long anticipated “Guidelines for the Management of Gout.” In September 2015, ACR expanded on the existing guidelines and released new classification criteria about gout.
With gout on the rise, it is essential that all patients, especially those touched by gout, are knowledgeable about this serious disease. You can always learn more from your doctor during regular visits. Take a stand on gout!