Kim Jong Un sick with gout, senior source reports

Yonhap news agency said recent video footage showed the leader, who is in his early 30s, walking with a limp, and noted that he missed a public appearance at the country’s parliament in the week.

“Kim Jong-un is suffering from gout, which is why he is limping on both legs,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“I understand that he is suffering from gout, along with hyperuricemia (a high level of uric acid in the blood), hyperlipidemia (elevated concentrations of lipids), obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.”

The Yonhap report said Kim’s health was believed to have deteriorated due to his frequent drinking and overeating.

The North Korean leader’s grandfather, father and elder brother all reportedly suffered from the illness, the report said.

Gout is often caused by obesity, a high calorie diet, drinking and a lack of exercise. Genetic factors also play a big role. Kim took power following the death of his father Kim Jong-il in December 2011.

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