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what are the main causes of gout?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
HIGH URIC ACID: High uric acid causes gout that can happen due to number of reasons, like diet high in purines, genetic predisposition or kidneys not able to excrete uric acid as a result there is high uric acid level in blood.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Uric acid excess: Some people over produce uric acid, some under excrete uric acid through the kidneys. In both cases, uric acid over accumulates in the blood stream and spills over into the tissues. There, the uric acid precipitates causing gout.

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What are the four stages of gout?

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Dr. Chad Boomershine
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4 stages of gout: The first stage is high uric acid levels in blood without a gout attack. The 2nd stage, acute gout, is gout flares separated by asymptomatic periods. If treated effectively, disease progression stops and no more flares. If untreated, acute gout can progress to 3rd stage: chronic gout, with constant flares. The 4th & final stage is terminal gout with joint destruction and disability. Get treated!
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What increases the risk of developing gout?

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Gout risk: Hereditary factors, heavy alcohol consumption, diabetes mellitus, obesity and uric acid metabolic disorders.
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Is there a psychological cause of gout flare ups?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
YES: I submit we are a three legged stool: a body , mind and spirit.If any of these leg are "off" we are vulnerable to illness or worsening of any illness we already have.Stress is a killer and we should strive to reduce it thru any way we can.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you please talk about of the main causes of gout.?

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Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
Podiatry 9 years experience
Gout: Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the body. This can occur from either the body producing too much or not excreting enough. Historically, diets high in protein were a contributing factor.
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What is the main cause of gout?

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Dr. Alvin Wells
Rheumatology 42 years experience
Gout: The main cause of gout is the body's inability to get rid of uric acid which is a breakdown product of many foods and drinks we ingest. It is more common in young men but women may get it as well as they age. It can cause severe joint pain and swelling. Left untreated it may cause joint damage. This is one of the most common diseases I see and would be happy to do a consult if needed.

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