Home Health Information Media Slideshows 6 interesting facts about gout6 interesting facts about gout Media Videos Slideshows Infographics Diagrams 6 interesting facts about gout 7 Lifestyle suggestions to prevent gout attacks 10 dietary changes to combat the effects of IBS 5 easy ways to avoid constipation or haemorrhoids 7 ways to improve your diet Develops over hoursAn attack typically develops quickly over a few hours. It usually causes severe pain in one joint. An attack typically develops quickly over a few hours. It usually causes severe pain in one joint. A first attack of gout typically develops in middle age but it sometimes occurs in younger people. There is a family history of gout in about 1 in 5 cases. This may build up and form tiny crystals which typically collect in certain joints. These are what cause the swelling, redness and pain that people with gout experience. A recent research study found that having two sugar-sweetened soft drinks a day increased the risk of developing gout by 85%. Lifestyle changes can help prevent attacks of gout. Try reducing the amount of alcohol you drink and take more exercise. Adjusting your diet can also help - see our gout diet sheet for helpful tips. MoreNow you have read 6 interesting facts about gout, why not look at some of our other slideshows.