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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:

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 30, 2014
    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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