Impact & Risk Factors

diet-exercisingWho Does Gout Impact? What are the Risk Factors?

Today, gout affects approximately 3-5% of the Canadian population – that’s about 1 million Canadians!

Men over the age of 45 are four times more likely to experience the condition than women (up until menopausal age, at which point the risk is similar for men and women). Other risk factors for gout include:

  • Diet
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (obesity)
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Genetic factors (family history)
  • Use of aspirin or water pills
  • Joint injury