Certain things can either cause gout or make you more likely to get it.
Things you can't change
Medicines that may increase uric acid
Conditions related to diet and body weight
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:
- Kidney (renal) disease.
- High blood pressure.
- Lead poisoning.
- Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
- Conditions that cause an abnormal rapid turnover of cells, such as psoriasis, multiple myeloma, hemolytic anemia, or tumors.
- Heart disease.
- Acute illness or infection.
- Injury to a joint.
- Rapid weight loss, as might happen in hospitalized patients who have changes in diet or medicines.