Gout remains among the most common of all inflammatory arthridities with an incidence that appears to have risen. Evidence is accumulating to support lifestyle and dietary factors, such as heavy consumption of beer and liquor as well as diets rich in meats and seafood as important gout risk factors. There is also a renewed interest in important associations between gout and other comorbidities like hypertension and cardiovascular disease. The importance of hyperuricemia on health considerations beyond the musculoskeletal system is an area worthy of even more study.
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