Debunking the misleading myths about gout

Gout is not an affliction of wealthy men overdoing food and alcohol. It more commonly affects Māori and Pacific men from a surprisingly young age. Professor Nicola Dalbeth says equitable treatment means dispelling the myths.

Professor Nicola Dalbeth at the Faculty of Medical and health Sciences
Professor Nicola Dalbeth: time to lay the myths about gout to rest. Photo: Elise Manahan

Gout is no laughing matter. A young man describes it as, "It feels like the flesh is trying to rip outside." Contrary to popular misconception, gout disproportionately affects Māori and Pacific men, and can have serious consequences on their work and life.

Professor Nicola Dalbeth works to address inequitable access to proven treatment.

She spoke at the inaugural Hīkina kia Tutuki, Rise to the Challenge: Researchers with Global Impact event, hosted by Waipapa Taumata Rau, University of Auckland.

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