- Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis.
- It causes sudden and intense attacks of pain in the joint, most often the big toe. It also commonly occurs in the ankle, knees, and toes.
- Many different celebrities have spoken out about their gout, from actors to athletes, politicians and even former kings.
- Some examples of celebrities living with gout are Jared Leto, Jim Belushi, and Dick Cheney.
We often put celebrities up on a pedestal because they live such lavish lifestyles and only showcase the best parts of their life. We forget they are just like us. At the end of the day, celebrities and famous people are human, just like us. This means they are susceptible to illnesses and health conditions.
As of recently, Hollywood is beginning to change and celebrities are becoming much more forthcoming about their personal struggles. This is a good thing, especially when it comes to health challenges because it makes people feel less alone. One condition in particular is gout. Here’s a look at 11 celebrities you likely didn’t know were living with gout…
What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, it’s the most common type of inflammatory arthritis. “It causes sudden and intense attacks of joint pain, often in the big toe and at night,” writes the source. However, it’s not limited to the big toe. It can affect any joint in the body. Other common places are the toes, ankle, or knees.
It occurs in both men and women, but men are three times more likely to develop gout than women, warns the source. The highest risk group are men over the age of 40 and women after menopause who lose the protective effects of estrogen.