Gout is making a comeback in the United States. This disease causes serious inflammation, swelling, and pain—especially in the feet.
During the medieval and early modern periods, gout was considered a disease of the nobility. Manuscript correspondence of European nobles and royal family members often includes complaints about symptoms related to gout.
More and more Americans are now suffering from gout, which can result from obesity, a high-sugar diet, and heavy alcohol consumption.
NPR reports on gout in the United States.