Gout rates soar in UK

The UK is the most gouty nation in Europe, a new study finds.

Between 1997 and 2012 gout prevalence rose by 64% in the UK with one in 40 people now affected, the Nottingham-based researchers found.

The number of new cases rose 30% over the period with men three times more likely to be diagnosed than women.

Overall incidence rates were much higher in men, with over five times more male sufferers in the 35-39 year age bracket.

But only a third of people with gout were being treated with urate lowering drugs, the authors said, with less than 20% receiving the treatment