Risk Factors for Gout
- Being overweight or obese.
- Eating a diet that includes foods high in purines. For a list of foods, see Reducing your Risk of Gout .
- Excessive alcohol intake.
- Drinking high-fructose beverages, like sugar-sweetened sodas and orange juice.
- High blood pressure
- Vascular disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Kidney disease
- Thyroid disorders
- Organ transplantation
- Salicylates and medicines made from salicylic acid, such as aspirin
- Levodopa, a medication used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease
- Cyclosporine, which is used to help control rejection of transplanted organs
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/28/2014 -
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