The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 8.3 million Americans have gout. That means it's likely you or someone you know is living with the disease. Even though it’s common, I find that many patients have a core misunderstanding of what actually causes gout, how it might be prevented, and what risk factors they need to watch for. Because gout is so commonplace, it’s important to know these things sooner rather than later.
The most common types of arthritis – rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis – are alike in some ways but different in others. They have different causes and require different treatments, so it’s important to get an accurate diagnosis.