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Who gets gout?

Anyone can get gout, but there are some factors that can increase your chance of developing it. You are more likely to get gout if you: have family members with gout; are obese; are over 40 years old; are male; take certain types of medication, such as diuretics; have kidney disease; become dehydrated regularly; consume too much alcohol, and; are on chemotherapy for certain cancers. You also have an increased chance of developing gout if you have a diet that is high in purines, which when broken down during digestion form uric acid. Foods that contain a lot of purines include liver, anchovies, dried beans and peas. Very sugary drinks, such as fruit juices and soft drinks, which don't contain purines, may also increase the risk of gout. Fructose, a simple sugar within sugary drinks, causes the liver to produce high levels of uric acid.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Gout

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