Gout has been with us for such a long time that it now has its own collection of myths. Considering how common gout is, it’s actually surprising that bad information keeps getting passed on. If you have recently been diagnosed or think that last harrowing event in your big toe was gout, believing in some of these misconceptions could make your pain worse or make things even more complicated.

So today is your lucky day; we’re going to debunk some of the most common gout myths about what causes gout and replace them with facts. Read on and learn the truth about gout.

Gout Myth: If Left Untreated, It Will Just Go Away On Its Own

If you think you have gout, it’s important to get checked out and start doing something about it as soon as possible. If left untreated, it could eventually lead to joint damage, deformity and tophi.

Although gout attacks might subside within a few days with some TLC, keep in mind that the primary risk factor is still present; i.e. gout attacks will most likely continue to recur.

Gout Myth: Medications Will Stop Gout Attacks Immediately

For the first few months of taking gout medications, you may find yourself getting even more gout attacks! This can happen for several reasons including the fact that sudden changes in uric acid levels may cause an attack. Allopurinol is notorious for this but over the course of 6 to 12 months, gout attacks should diminish.

While I’m not a big advocate of depending on drugs to fix gout (or anything else!) lots of people stop taking their gout drugs after a couple of months because it seems like they are not working. If you have skyhigh uric acid levels and you aren’t going to make the necessary nutrition/dietary and lifestyle changes to control your gout, riding out the rough times with the allopurinol or other xanthine oxidase inhibitors is what you have to do.

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Your FORMULA worked and my new joint is 99% clear of gout crystals. ~ Jim

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Gout Myth:
Only Obese and Wealthy People Get Gout

A few extra pounds can put you at risk for developing gout, but the truth is, people of all sizes are susceptible to this disease. If you’re overweight, learning to buy, prep, and eat better food is fundamental.  Regular exercise is also something that you will need to find a way to make a habit of as well. Crash dieting is never a good idea especially for a gout struggler.

Income has absolutely nothing to do with the condition, in fact even less in this day and age as low income folks eat evermore nutritionally devoid foods.

Gout Myth:
Women Aren’t Afflicted By Gout

Women definitely do get gout and are often diagnosed at a later age and for most of the women that develop gout, it happens during the post menopausal stage.

Men on the other hand, are more vulnerable to the disease and are usually diagnosed earlier in life. But after the age of 60, the numbers starts to even out. By the age of 80, more women are diagnosed with gout as compared to men.

  Bottom Line:  There are many factors that contribute to why we get gout. We are all biochemically different due to lifestyle, environmental factors and up bringing, which explains why some people are more susceptible to certain influences that may cause gout or respond better to various treatments and remedies.


Bert Middleton

“I know your pain. Let me help you kill your gout for good!  And teach you to advocate for yourself and take ownership of your gout recovery, by showing you how to live the gout-free lifestyle.” Two decades ago, Bert Middleton found himself diagnosed with gout. Like 8.3 million other people in the United States (approximately 4% of the population), he struggled helplessly with the physical, emotional, social, and financial impact that gout left unchecked can have on your life. Prescription drugs were of limited help… And the terrible pain of regular gout attacks left him unable to enjoy even the simplest daily pleasures. His marriage was suffering. His finances were spiraling due to the impact gout had on his ability to work. And maintaining a social life was often nearly impossible. Tophi surgeries left him in terrible pain.  And he found himself depressed … and angry … that gout was stealing years of his life.

Until one day, after hundreds of hours of research and self-experimentation, Bert finally had a breakthrough and created a blueprint for a way of living that would prove to be “the answer” to living gout-free for nearly a decade now. Today, Bert and his “Gout Wife” Sharon devote their evenings and weekends to educating other gout sufferers on how to live the gout-free lifestyle. Showing others his 911 Emergency Response Gout Recovery Plan for getting PAINFUL gout attacks under control in as little as 4 hours. And then, how to make daily choices that keep gout under control for GOOD! So you can finally start LIVING again!