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What Is Causing Your Gout?

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Causes of gout

This disease is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. This is a substance resulting from the breakdown of purines. These are part of every human tissue and are contained in a great number of foods. Excess of uric acid in the body can be caused by an increase in production of uric acid by the body or the under-elimination of uric acid by the kidneys. Elevated levels of this acid in the blood can result in sharp needle-like crystals of monosodium urate deposited around the joints.

Other possible causes of gout

  • Dehydration (the excessive loss of body fluid)
  • Renal insufficiency
  • Drinking too much alcohol: it can interfere with the removal of uric acid from the body
  • Recent surgery
  • Emotional stress
  • Physical stress
  • Gender

Have you ever suffered from gout? I hope you haven’t.

Thank you.

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Sources:  niams.nih.gov   . gout.com   . rheumatology.org

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