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What are the risk factors for gout?

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You’re more at risk if you’re overweight and drink alcohol often. You also might be more likely to have it if you:

  • Have a family history of gout
  • Take certain diuretics (water pills) that help with high blood pressure or some medicines for rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis
  • Have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or heart disease
  • Have had gastric bypass surgery

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health: “What Is Gout?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Gout.”

Mayo Clinic: “Nutrition and Healthy Eating -- Gout Diet: What’s Allowed, What’s Not.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout Symptoms,” “Gout Treatment,” “Gout Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health: “What Is Gout?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Gout.”

Mayo Clinic: “Nutrition and Healthy Eating -- Gout Diet: What’s Allowed, What’s Not.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Gout Symptoms,” “Gout Treatment,” “Gout Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

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