An online survey conducted by Red Hot Mamas North America, Inc. 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 Red Hot Mamas® Gout Awareness Survey