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Does eating high fat foods cause gout or just make it worse?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
37 years experience in Wound care
Neither: Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Eating foods high in fat will not affect gout. Food high in uric acid, like steak, will cause gout to flare up. So the problem with steak is not the fat but the uric acid in the meat. The cause of gout is mostly genetic predisposition coupled with the high uric acid diet. Also some medications, diuretics for example, can cause gout to flare up.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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