"Takeda is committed to increasing understanding of gout and fostering meaningful dialogue about the disease," says Robert Spanheimer, M.D., vice president of medical and scientific affairs at Takeda. "We are pleased to partner with the Arthritis Foundation to provide tools and resources needed to increase gout education and enhance communication around gout management."
Gout is a chronic, metabolic disease affecting approximately 6 million Americans and is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in men. The underlying cause of gout is hyperuricemia, a condition characterized by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood.
A gout attack, or "flare," occurs when excess uric acid in the body begins to form crystals, triggering an inflammatory response in the joints or soft tissue causing extreme discomfort. While gout can affect several different joints, including elbows, knees and wrists, patients most commonly experience attacks in the big toe. The pain of a gout attack may interfere with everyday activities, including work and family events.
In addition to recommended diet and lifestyle changes, experts recognize that achieving and maintaining a healthy uric acid level in the body of less than 6.0 mg/dL can help reduce the risk of future attacks.
About the Arthritis Foundation
The mission of the Arthritis Foundation is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases.
The Arthritis Foundation is the leading health organization addressing the needs of some 46 million Americans living with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability.
The Arthritis Foundation pursues its mission through a focus on:
|SOURCE The Arthritis Foundation|
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