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November 11, 1996

Hyperuricemia Among Kuwaitis

Author Affiliations


Department of Medicine PO Box 24923 Kuwait University Safat, Kuwait 13110


Arch Intern Med. 1996;156(20):2381-2386. doi:10.1001/archinte.1996.00440190139014

Hyperuricemia and gout are commonly associated with obesity, ethanol consumption, and hypertension—often with glucose intolerance, hypertriglyceridemia, atherosclerosis, and ischemic heart disease.1,2 The effects of modernization and affluence on lifestyle, including decreased physical activity, increased alcohol consumption, and smoking, have been shown to lead to hyperuricemia and increased prevalence of gout among Tokelau Islanders who immigrated to New Zealand3 and Filipinos who immigrated to Hawaii and the continental United States.4

Obesity is common among Kuwaitis.5 Changing dietary habits with high-energy intake6 and reduced physical activity associated with certain sociocultural norms have been implicated in its causation.5 High prevalence of non— insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus among Kuwaitis (7.6%) has also been documented.7 The present study was, therefore, conducted to find out the prevalence of hyperuricemia among Kuwaitis attending a large general hospital. No earlier studies on this problem are available from Kuwait.

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