Gout prevalence swells in U.S. over last two decades.  Not surprising knowing that diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and other health problems have also been on the rise.  Regardless of what you think the cause is of this increase, this study sheds an important light on what we know about the trends and about this disease. 

 Link to one article talking about the increase in prevalence is available here: http://www.jrheum.com/subscribers/04/08/tables/PDF/1582.pdf