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