A Māori pharmacist is on a mission to break the myths around gout – an arthritis Māori are almost three times more likely to suffer from.

Gout is the second-most common arthritis in New Zealand, and causes painful swelling in joints like the big toe, wrist and elbows, and is triggered by high uric acid levels.    

Prescribing pharmacist Leanne Te Karu has sought better treatment of gout in Aotearoa for the last 20 years.

Gout is often called the diseases of kings because of its links to diets high in rich food. However, Te Karu says myths around diet being the major contributing factor for it aren’t true.

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