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Age of gout sufferers in Taiwan dropping: doctor

2012/06/28 21:43:38

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) The age of people being affected by gout is dropping in Taiwan and some misconceptions about the proper diet for the medical condition still exist, doctors said Thursday.

Ten years ago, the incidence of gout in male patients under the age of 40 was about only 30 percent, but the figure has increased to more than 50 percent recently, said Yu Kuang-hui, Director of theAllergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology Department at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, citing clinical data.

The condition, which produces similar symptoms to arthritis, has been found even in teenagers in Taiwan, Yu said, adding that diet control and correct drug use have become their lifetime assignments.

On the issue of diet, one common myth is that beans and bean-based products can increase the levels of uric acid and lead to the acute condition, according to Tsai Chia-che, president of the Rheumatology Association.

However, Yu advised that the foods to be avoided include seafood, internal organs of pigs and poultry, seaweed and dried mushrooms.

The common symptoms of gout include joint pain, swelling and stiffness.

(By Chen Ching-fang and Hanna Liu)