Gout is treatable, enjoy life, says former Silver Fern

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Auckland, November 4, 2020

Linda Vagana during her Silver Fern days (Courtesy Photo by David Hallett for Getty Images)

Gout is stopping some Maori and Pasifika from having full lives, former international Netballer and Coach Linda Vagana has warned.

“There is no need for individuals in our communities to suffer and miss out. Often they are embarrassed and make jokes or excuses for their pain or injury,” she said.

The former Silver Ferns player said gout can be treated.

“You do not have to live with gout and miss out on life’s offerings,” she said.

About Gout 

Gout is a form of Arthritis and the most common form of inflammatory Arthritis. It is estimated to affect about 5% of the total population aged 20 and over.

Maori and Pasifika men are most affected, with rates of four and eight times respectively higher than non-Maori and Pasifika.

“It is not just about what you eat. Genetics plays a part, and it is hereditary for our people. I want to encourage people that are in pain to get checked out and get back into life,” Ms Vagana said. 

About Arthritis New Zealand

Arthritis New Zealand aims to improve the life of every person affected by Arthritis.

This is a national, not-for-profit organisation focused on raising awareness, advocating for those with Arthritis and providing advice and support.

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