Young People and Gout

Gout and Young People

Are you in your 20s or 30s and suffer from gout?

Couple of articles caught my attention last week and this is important information for gout sufferers everywhere!

Surprise, surprise, surprise! Gout is on the rise and doctors in hospitals across the UK are now saying that they are seeing a sharp rise of gout in young people that are in their 20s and 30s! For those that follow my blog you all know that I was diagnosed with gout in my 20s as well.

The doctors believe that the rise in obesity and people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is the main reasons for the rise of gout in young people. The UK Department of Health clearly states that the number of people diagnosed with gout has doubled in the past 10 years! In 2014 there was a record of 5,810 gout related appointments in UK hospitals up from 2,658 ten years ago.

Since 2012 gout related hospital appointments has rocketed 30% for young people in their 20s and 30s exceeding all other age groups! In the last 5 years there’s been a 26% rise in Allopurinol prescriptions to normalize uric acid levels in gout sufferers. During that same period there was a 80% increase in Colchicine prescriptions to treat initial gout attacks. All this to say that the NHS is having to increasingly shoulder this growing cost to treat all these new gout sufferers at 1 million pounds per month. The UK Gout Society believes that if obesity can decline this would help halt this abrupt rise in the number of new gout cases.

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Gout and Josh Ozersky

This story also caught my attention, the death of food writer and blogger for many publications Josh Ozersky passed away at the young age of 47. The poor guy had attended a foundation gala in Chicago and later that evening was last seen in the karaoke lounge around 4 am. He was found dead a few hours later in his hotel room.

What’s interesting about Josh is that he was diagnosed with gout in 2009 but promised his audience and readers that he wouldn’t be altering his lifestyle at all. Translation, he will continue eating crap regardless of his health.

He is also famous for saying the following quote: “Such is the perversity of vegetarians — you can’t tell whether it’s a gift or an insult. My favorite meat is lamb fat. My philosophy is that the fat is the meat and the meat is the vegetable.” So obviously he liked to eat lots of fat which my ebook strictly teaches you to not even touch it.

When Josh Ozersky wrote for the Esquire magazine which was his last piece he was quoted as saying this about bacon: “Bacon is a weirdly personal taste, possibly more so than any other food… I’ve eaten bacon from commodity pigs that made me happier than bacon from purebred Duroc or Berkshire hogs. I’ve eaten jowl bacon that was better than belly bacon. Bacon cares not for your ideals, aspirations, or social standing. It is a straight-up fetish object, and as such not subject to higher brain function.”

Again I teach you not to eat pork which is one of the worst meats to eat healthwise and you know that too much meat is not good for us gout sufferers anyway. It’s obvious from Josh’s quotes that he was a huge animal fat and protein lover. If I was a betting man, I’d bet that all that meat intake over the years and the way he ate it caused his health to deteriorate to such an awful extent, to have died at such a young age. I catch these headlines from time to time like Paleo-diet author Seth Roberts who collapsed and died while hiking one day last year at the age of 60 years old. The autopsy later revealed he had coronary heart disease that caused his death. All that meat intake doesn’t do you any good, that’s for sure.

It’s sad to report that gout is on the rise in young people and even sadder to see young ones pass away suddenly. But the health lessons are there for you to learn that if you consume too much meat in general, bad things will happen to your health. If you are obese, you face an increased risk of developing gout even in your 20s and 30s. If you are young and in your 20s or 30s, and you are eating poorly, not exercising and drinking plenty of alcohol every weekend with your buddies, you are at an increased risk.

This is a wake-up call for you, coming from myself who was overweight in his early 20s since I loved my burgers and fries. I loved to party and drink plenty of whisky and beer. Gave up on sports and exercise to focus more on my social activities which deteriorated my health at the end. Trust me it ain’t worth it, you have to pay the price eventually. Don’t let gout come in your life. Although if you are reading this, chances are you found this article or website wanting to learn more about gout cause you were recently diagnosed with the disease. Whatever the case may be, make a health and lifestyle change today. The decision is yours to make.

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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  • Justin M.

    Reply Reply July 13, 2016

    Hello, I am only 23 years old and I think I have gout.. I know it runs in my family, Typically on males. 5 months ago i went to the doctors because my toe became swollen and I couldn’t walk. I got an x-ray and everything but there was no problem. Now the same pain is happening on my (big) toe and I’m really worries that I have the gout now..

  • Pain

    Reply Reply April 28, 2016

    Hello- i am 26 years old, it’s been more than 4 months I am suffering from pain in both of my foot, ankles and left wrist, I took all the test and found Uric acid was too high in my blood, doc prescribed me febuxostat tablet and within 2 weeks it came down to 2.2, it’s been more than 3 weeks since I lowered my Uric acid, but still pain is not going away and both if my foot and left wrist have swollen and stiff, I drink 2 litres of water, have lowered my food intake,especially meat, chicken, alcohol and dairy products,
    Just to add, in the first week of Jan2016 I met with an accident, had stitches on my right knee, that took approx 2 months to cure, but that time there were no pain in my foot, pain started in my foot when I got a new shoes in feb 2016, I thought it might go away with time as this was just because of new shoes, also I started taking protein x powder without any exercise, I knew it was a big mistake that I made.

    My question is,

    1- Based on my above comments is there anything else causing pain as my uric acid is down?
    2- is it possible any of my nerves misplaced due to the accident or new shoe and causing pain and swelling?
    3- is there any kind of infection causing the pain due to accident?

    Thank you

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply April 28, 2016

      Really hard to say. The accident can have an effect for sure but I am not a doctor and don’t have enough information to give you an opinion unfortunately. Best advice I can give you is to seek a second opinion. Best of luck!

  • Liccardo

    Reply Reply May 13, 2015

    Dear Spiro,

    Fantastic article that really gets to the point. I had no idea young people were suffering from gout at a rapidly increasing rate. I’ve been thinking of it as an elder disease, possibly from kidney disfunction that sets in with age. But I know it has been increasing dramatically in both England and the USA.

    What bugs me the most is that there are no goutologists. The best we get is a rheumatologist, and if EVER there was a disease that deserves and requires a specialist, it’s gout. Treating it like a second cousin to arthritis is an absurdity.

    Worse, there’s a resistance to even treating or discussing gout. I’ve discovered it’s a four-letter word to many doctors who want to change the subject, climb out a window and run away. I think it’s because the medications don’t work well. Handing people a little booklet with wrong info in it (!) doesn’t help either.

  • Theresa

    Reply Reply May 13, 2015

    I am sorry to hear so many young people are experiencing gout attacks. We must stay active and REALLY watch what we eat. It’s wonderful to have meatless meals from time to time. You can really tell the difference. When I cheat from time to time with a little pork, I’m thankful for apple cider vinegar. For the most part, I try to be sensible in my eating. That’s the smart and enjoyable way of life. Again, thanks for the update and keep um coming!

  • Gerhard Botha

    Reply Reply May 12, 2015

    thanks for all the interesting tips and story’s i am 48 and have gout since i were 24. what about the Banting diet n friend of mine who suffers bad gout as well is on the diet for 8 months eats lots of meat and veggies, lost a lot of weight and says the gout attracts is much better ? my problem i drink at least one bottle of whisky every weekend and with that lots of lamb and rump steak on the braai and through the week normal meals. i use a gout cocktail once or twice a week. my knees get very sore and stiff and sometimes in my wrists that is very painful. regards from Zambia.

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