1998 Volume 22 Issue 2 Pages 141-152
To elucidate the findings of patients with gout or hyperuricemia, the results of a questionnaire-based case control study on life style and health ware investigated.
Responses from 1,025 patients in 74 hospitals were analyzed. As expected, patients with gout or hyperuricemia had higher type A scores, but more prominently, exhibited many factors which can increase serum uric acid levels, than other disease-control patients.
This tendency was marked in patients living in urban areas. Thus, urban life styles may increase the risk of hyperuricemia and gout via the accumulation of physical stress. This knowledge may be useful for non-pharmacological control of patients with gout or hyperuricemia.