Gout - What Increases Your Risk
Certain things can either cause gout or make you more likely to get it.
Things you can't change Being male Having a family history of
gout Having been born with a rare condition that causes high blood uric acid levels, such as Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome or Lesch-Nyhan syndrome
Medicines that may increase uric acid Regular use of aspirin (more than 1 or 2 aspirin a day) or niacin
Chemotherapy medicines (usually used to treat cancer)
Medicines that suppress the immune system, such as cyclosporine, that are used to prevent your body from rejecting an organ transplant
Conditions related to diet and body weight
Obesity. Moderate, regular,
or heavy use of alcohol, especially beer. A diet rich in
meat and seafood, which can be high in
purines. Frequent episodes
dehydration. Very low-calorie diets. Other conditions
Certain other conditions and diseases appear more often in people who
have gout than in people who don't, though studies have not shown a clear
relationship. Gout may share risk factors
(such as obesity, hypertension, and high levels of triglycerides) with certain diseases, including:
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 12, 2012
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