Are Women at Risk for Gout?
Natural Gout Protection and Potential Triggers
Gout occurs when high levels of uric acid build up in the blood and form needle-shaped crystals in the joints, causing pain, swelling and redness. Estrogen, a female hormone, protects women. It naturally causes uric acid to be flushed out in their urine. When women lose estrogen after menopause, the level of uric acid in their blood starts to rise.
In women, it seems there is a greater prevalence of the initial episode of gout being in multiple joints. It may not always be the typical swollen great toe.
In women, gout likes to travel to those distal finger joints where they may already have some osteoarthritis-related damage, high blood pressure, diabetes. They may not necessarily be overweight as seen in men. We tend to also see gout in young ladies who take excessive alcohol and sea foods.
Source : Arthritis Foundation