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Famous People With Gout

Updated on October 30, 2017
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The author has suffered from gout since the age of 26. He enjoys educating others about how to manage this condition on his blog GoutandYou.

Founding Father Benjamin Franklin also suffered from gout.
Founding Father Benjamin Franklin also suffered from gout. | Source

Gout and Famous People

Gout is one medical condition that does not respect people based on their societal standings. Back in the day, it was believed to be a condition which could only affect the rich in the society because they were the ones who could afford a lifestyle that could predispose one to gout, but this is no longer the case, and anyone can become a victim if you don’t take the necessary precautions to avoid it.

History tells us of countless number of famous people who were never spared by this awful and painful condition. Prominent persons in sports, kingdoms, films and politics haven’t been spared. If you are a sufferer, maybe it could be of a little consolation that you are not in the boat alone and there is a good number of famous people who have gone through or who are going through what you are currently feeling.

Here is a brief look into some of the famous people who have tasted the pangs of gout:

Jared Leto

Jared Leto is a renowned actor and is credited for masterpieces such as Requiem for a Dream, Fight Club and Dallas Buyers Club. During the filming of one of his movies, Chapter 7, he had to gain up to 60 pounds to play the role of Mark David Champion and it was during this time that he developed gout-like pain in his foot. Though he managed to shed off the extra pounds once the filming was over, he was later diagnosed with gout, and this was attributed to the sudden weight gain he experienced for the role.

David Wells

David Wells is one of the sports personalities to have suffered from gout. He was a left-handed pitcher who played for Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Yankees and had to struggle with gout for most of his career as a baseball player. He gives more insights about his pains and struggles with gout in his New York Times best seller, Perfect I’m Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseballs.

Maurice Cheeks

Maurice Cheeks is another sports personality to have suffered from gout. He was a physically fit 46 year old when he was diagnosed with the condition. After the diagnosis, he become an ambassador for gout awareness, since he realized that a good number of victims would have avoided the condition if they were rightly informed. He preached about the risk factors which include eating foods rich in purines, alcohol, sugary drinks, organ meats and lack of exercise amongst others.

King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII is a household name in history. He is famous in both politics as well as his inclination to behead his wives. Among the numerous health problems he had was gout, and his case is well documented. King Henry VIII was an ardent lover of rich foods and alcohol and these predisposed him to get gout. It was out of King Henry’s condition that the notion of gout being the disease of kings and aristocrats. Be cautious about rich foods and alcohol if you don’t want to increase your chances of suffering from gout.

Jim Belushi

Jim Belushi was a comedian and an actor. When he began experiencing some pain in the joints, he refused to see a doctor about it. But one day, he got a very painful attack during one of his performances and this forced him to go and see a doctor, during which he was diagnosed with gout. One thing you can derive from Jim’s experience is that you should never ignore signs of gout and any pains in the joints should be treated immediately. Early detection is fundamental in prevention and treatment.

Benjamin Franklin

Gout didn’t even spare great inventors such as Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin is well remembered during his exploits in the 18th century when he discovered electricity and invented bifocals. Due to the condition, Benjamin had to miss many of the series of meetings that led to the Declaration of Independence.

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton is one of the greatest mathematician who ever graced this planet. He is attributed to the discovery of gravity and a myriad of laws of motion. Just two years before his death, he experienced gout attacks on both of his feet.

Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney is a former vice president of the United States. He was admitted to the hospital in 2006, and it was later revealed to the public that he has been suffering pain in his heel and toes. He was later diagnosed with gout and put on the appropriate medication.

From this list, it is evident that gout will not discriminate on who to attack and who to leave. It is imperative upon every individual to take all the necessary measures to leave healthy and avoid all the risk factors that might predispose them to gout.

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