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What causes uric acid levels to get to high and lead to gout?

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In brief: 2 Causes

Excess uric acid is either caused by under excretion (kidneys) or overproduction.
The latter is often due to an enzyme deficiency, and made worse by a high purine (protein) diet. A low purine diet, good hydration and talking to your doctor about possibly taking Allopurinol should help.

In brief: 2 Causes

Excess uric acid is either caused by under excretion (kidneys) or overproduction.
The latter is often due to an enzyme deficiency, and made worse by a high purine (protein) diet. A low purine diet, good hydration and talking to your doctor about possibly taking Allopurinol should help.
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
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In brief: Many things

It could be due to a diet high in purine content.
Excess protein intake. Dehydration. Excess alcohol.

In brief: Many things

It could be due to a diet high in purine content.
Excess protein intake. Dehydration. Excess alcohol.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Mostly heredity. Being male's a risk as well.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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In brief: Diet

Kidney impairment and diuretic meds are common causes.
Diet can aggravate. So avoid alcohol, animal fats, organ meats and shellfish. Limit other meats to 4 oz per day. Avoid high fructose corn syrup containing drinks. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of fruit and veggies. Drink 3 liters per day. Tart cherry juice daily can help.

In brief: Diet

Kidney impairment and diuretic meds are common causes.
Diet can aggravate. So avoid alcohol, animal fats, organ meats and shellfish. Limit other meats to 4 oz per day. Avoid high fructose corn syrup containing drinks. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of fruit and veggies. Drink 3 liters per day. Tart cherry juice daily can help.
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