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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

Conditions related to diet and body weight

These include:

  • 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 of 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:

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 12, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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