Ashlee Davis from Health wrote that Gout cases is on the rise particularly among men. Nowadays, more than 8 million people have it, and this number is twice as big as the last 50 years. Gout once considered as the upper class disease, but now it can attack anyone. And here are the list of 8 famous people in ancient history and modern era who suffers from gout.
1. Jared Leto
The 38 years old is the lead singer from 30 Second to Mars and also well-known for the movie Fight Club and Requiem For A Dream. Leto have this disease after gaining 60 pounds for his film Chapter 27 where he role as Mark David Chapman, the killer of John Lennon.
He told Daily News that “”I couldn’t walk for long distances, I had a wheelchair because it was so painful,” “My body was in shock from the amount of weight I gained.”
2. David Wells
David Well is a pitcher who played for the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue jays. He suffers from gout throughout his baseball player. Wells talked in 2000 that “I just kind of woke up one morning, stepped out of bed, took one stride toward the bathroom and ended up giving a high falsetto scream, like a six-year-girl, flopping to the floor, [and] grabbing my left big toe.”
3. Maurice Cheeks
Cheeks is a retired basketball player who played 15 seasons in NBA. He started to have this excruciating gout pain when he was coaching Portland Trail Blazers, he was 46 years on that time. Cheeks said in 2008 that “If any of you ever had [gout], you would know you would try to do everything possible to try and prevent it, Because once it’s full-blown, there’s not a whole lot you can do.”
4. Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell is Australian professional soccer player who currently plays for Galatasaray, Turkish league soccer team. The gout made him unable to play in World Cup 2006. His teammate Scott Chipperfield told BBc Sport “He’s in a lot of pain, he can’t walk, he’s walking on crutches. It was disappointing for us, because we could have done with him.”
5. King Henry VIII of England
King Henry VIII lived from 1491 to 1547. He is overweight and often pictured holding a chunk of meat or glass of wine. These food can increase the risk of gout. Because of him, gout used to well known as the “disease of kings”.
6. Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin invented bifocals, discovered electricity, and one of the founding fathers of United States. He missed many meetings that were held to draft the Declaration of Independence because of the excruciating pain of gout.
7. Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton is an English mathematician and physicist. he experienced gout attack in 1725 in his both feet, and he died two years later.
8. Samuel Johnson
He is a British author and poet. Samuel Johnson starts suffered from gout health in 1775 when he was 65. “The gout has treated me with more severity than any former time; it however never climbed higher than my ankles,” Johnson told William Bowles in 1783.