Gout in Women Tied to Comorbidities More Than Genetics
Comorbidities may play a greater role than genetics women with gout, although this appears not to be true for men, Nicholas Sumpter, MSc, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham said at the annual research symposium of the Gout, Hyperuricemia, and Crystal Associated Disease Network (G-CAN). Sumpter was among the authors of a recent paper in Arthritis & Rheumatology that suggested that earlier gout onset involves the accumulation of certain allelic variants in men. This genetic risk was shared across multiple ancestral groups in the study, conducted with men of European and Polynesian ancestry, Sumpter and colleagues reported.
@haritt This poses major challenges for the management of female gout patients since they carry a greater burden of cardiovascular and renal morbidity, which is known to modulate the pathophysiology of gout; as such, conclusions regarding the efficacy of treatments for females cannot be extrapolated from investigative studies that are predominantly male