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How is obesity linked to gout?

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Gout is a disease that affects the joints. It happens when you have too much uric acid in your blood. The extra uric acid can form crystals that deposit in the joints.

Gout is more common in overweight people. The more you weigh, the more likely you are to get gout.

Over the short term, sudden weight changes may lead to a flare-up of gout. If you have a history of gout, check with your doctor for the best way to lose weight.

From: Health Risks Linked to Obesity WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Obesity and Cancer Questions and Answers."

American College of Physicians.

The Obesity Society.

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Obesity and Cancer Questions and Answers."

American College of Physicians.

The Obesity Society.

Arthritis Foundation.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 14, 2018

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