Risk Factors for Gout
- Obesity—poor eating habits can lead to an increase of uric acid in the blood
- Eating a diet high in foods with purines, such as seafood, shellfish, or red meat
- Excess intake of alcohol
- Drinking high-fructose beverages, such as sugar-sweetened sodas and orange juice
- Diuretics—often used to treat high blood pressure
- Salicylates and medications made from salicylic acid, such as aspirin
- Levodopa—used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
- Cyclosporine—used to help control rejection of transplanted organs
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/05/2014 -
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