Every year for the past decade the number of patients brought to hospital for gout has risen by 7.2 per cent according to the study led by Dr Philip Robinson of the University of Queensland, Australia, and published in the journal Rheumatology.
A finger showing inflammation and deformity caused by gout.
Gout is a metabolic disease characterised by arthritic joint pain and swelling, which result from high levels of uric acid in the blood and urate crystal deposits in the joints However, there are many risk factors for the disease today - including alcohol, diet, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and it is even sometimes triggered by physical trauma or surgery.
Twenty-six-year-old Caleb and his brothers drummer Nathan, 29, and bassist Jared, a cherubic 21, grew up in a deeply religious family, sons of a travelling United Pentecostal Minister (the very Leon celebrated in their band name).The fourth member is their cousin, guitarist Matthew Followill, 24. Scruffily bearded, with a wracked, edgy manner, Caleb is hungover, sipping black coffee after a long night celebrating news that the Kings have just scored their first British number-one single with the scorching, propulsive Sex on Fire.In case you couldn't work it out from the title, it is a song, Caleb explains, "about great sex".The Kings of Leon have something of a reputation in this regard, as hard-drinking, drug-taking, straight-talking rock-and-roll stars. Last year, their fourth album, Because of the Times, went straight to number one.Although still only a cult success in their home country, they may be Britain's favourite American rock band. The follow up, Only By the Night, looks set to take them global.
The Kings of Leon possess the charisma, swagger, intensity, pop hooklines and dirty rock sensibility to make them all-time greats.
And with the new album they have added an epic sweep and spacious, ringing production reminiscent of classic U2 - who the Followills adore - although Caleb confesses to having barely heard of the Irish superstars before being invited to support them in 2005.
The study - published in journal Rheumatology - also showed gout sufferers often have other health problems - such as high blood pressure (39 per cent), diabetes (20 per cent) and heart disease (39 per cent).'People have just about got the message that obesity may lead to Type 2 Diabetes and hypertension but they appear to be oblivious to the plethora of other conditions triggered by being unhealthily fat.
Nathan Followill is engaged to singer Jessie Baylin. Nathan Followill is engaged to singer Jessie Baylin.
Matthew Followill is dating Alex Turner's ex Johanna Bennett. Matthew Followill is dating Alex Turner's ex Johanna Bennett.
It is not an affection, but nor is it the whole story.