|Gout Impacts Lives of Women at Menopause|
|Written by Editors, Red Hot Mamas|
|Tuesday, 22 May 2012 08:49|
Do you think of gout as solely a man's disease? Think again!
For women, the risk of getting gout increases after menopause. Recent survey results find that women in the age range of menopause are greatly impacted by gout.In fact, among the women surveyed, gout attacks are mostly chronic and severe and greatly impact quality of life. We think you'll be surprised by the survey results.
New Red Hot Mamas Study Finds Gout Significantly Impacts Lives of Women and Their Loved Ones
Red Hot Mamas® survey released on Gout Awareness Day show 60 Percent experienced three or more gout flares per year and 91 Percent considered their gout to be chronic or severe.
An online survey conducted by Red Hot Mamas® found that women and their loved ones are significantly affected by very painful bouts of gout, which they consider to be chronic and severe. Respondents indicated that although the debilitating pain associated with the condition affects quality of life, many individuals are prescribed medications meant to control the condition which they are not taking. Red Hot Mamas®, the largest menopause education program in the U.S., aims to foster education among those impacted by gout on Gout Awareness Day, May 22.
Gout is a painful form of inflammatory arthritis caused by a high level of uric acid in the blood. Approximately eight million people in the U.S. are affected by the condition. For women, the risk of gout increases after menopause due to a drastic decrease in the production of estrogen, which may help the kidneys excrete uric acid. Gout flares occur when excess uric acid crystallizes around the joints, causing inflammation, swelling and pain. If left untreated, these uric acid crystal deposits, called tophi, can limit everyday movement and potentially lead to joint damage over time.
May 22 is national Gout Awareness Day and the Gout Awareness Survey is part of a broader Red Hot Mamas® initiative to educate midlife women about this health condition and to provide informational resources to help women and their loved ones cope with gout.
Facts From the Gout Awareness Survey
“Both men and women’s lives are greatly impacted as a result of gout from pain, tophi, and non-compliance with medications,” says Verna Brooks-Mckenzie, MB, BS, FACOG, NCMP, Obstetrician and Gynecologist/Certified Menopause Practitioner. “Frequent visits to the emergency room add to the sky-rocketing costs of healthcare and the findings substantiate the fact that more education is needed for gout sufferers to better understand the cause and proper management of the disease with lifestyle modifications and prescribed medications.”
Karen Giblin, founder and president, Red Hot Mamas® has pledged to provide more educational resources about gout, stressing the importance of taking necessary lifestyle measures to prevent disease progression through eating a well-balanced diet, exercising on a regular basis, drinking alcohol in moderation – and proactive medical measures including adherence to prescribed gout therapy.
What To Do
So what do you do if you are living with gout? Start talking about it! It doesn't only affect you, but also your friends and family. Do your research and get help from a rheumatologist. Go to www.checkoutyourgout.com to assess your symptoms and get your gout under control.
About The Survey
The survey was conducted online at www.redhotmamas.org by Red Hot Mamas North America, Inc. between the dates of April 4 and May 8, 2012. There were 585 people who initiated the survey, and 543 people who completed the survey (451 females and 92 males). Survey participants were in the following age ranges: 65+ (5.3 percent); 50-65 (72.6 percent); 40-49 (18 percent); <40 (4.1 percent).
Red Hot Mamas® seeks to educate women and their loved ones about gout and to help healthcare providers address gout health concerns with their patients. As part of this initiative, Red Hot Mamas® conducted an online survey targeted at women and their loved ones to explore the prevalence of gout, examine behaviors and perceptions about gout amongst study participants and to learn more about their experiences with gout.
The goal of this research was to broaden the understanding of this disease, to foster education outreach and to empower Red Hot Mamas affected by gout to communicate openly about gout in efforts to better manage its symptoms.
The Gout Awareness Survey was funded by Savient Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Savient was not involved in the design or analysis of its findings.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:49|