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Gender seems to be a risk factor for some disorders involving the joints according to medical statistical data, but the reasons for this aren't clear. One example of this is that women are more at risk for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis than men.  However, in another form of arthritis, gout, the risk is different. Women have lower levels of uric acid than men, which makes them less likely to develop gout, at least until menopause. After menopause, there is little difference between the sexes in terms of uric acid levels.

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