Risk Factors for Developing Gout

What are the Risk Factors for Developing Gout?

What are the Risk Factors for Developing Gout?

by: Arlene Gentallan

Gout may be a inborn disease due to genetic defects or be caused by secondary conditions. There are certain risks that can put an individual at a higher than normal chance to develop the disease. These includes:
Unhealthy lifestyles, such as:

Obesity / Being overweight
Too much alcohol consumption
Lack of exercise

Family history of Gout
Genetic defect in the gene leading to poor uric acid excretion

Renal defect / disease leading to poor uric acid excretion
Hematopoietic or Hemolytic disorder in which there is massive destruction of cells leading to high uric acid production such as Leukemia, Myeloma and Polycythemia vera

Treatments inducing massive cell destruction such as Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy

A diet high in purines (a kind of protein)
Excessive protein in the diet

Long term usage of certain medicine, such as aspirin, diutetics, levodopa.
The use of niacin / nicotinic acid

History of joint injury

Men on their 40's and 50's
Menopause women

Lead exposure

What triggers an Acute Gout Attack?

A sudden Gout may be triggered by situations that dramatically increase uric acid levels, such as:
Heavy alcohol drinking / Alcohol intoxication
Beinge eating / Over eating
Consumption of purine rich foods
Starvation / fasting
Streneous exercise due to rapid bodily tissue metabolism
Sudden weight loss leading to higher than usual production of uric acid
Stressful events like undergoing surgery or being afflicted by sudden illness
Chemotherapy / Radiation therapy (because of high cell destruction with this therapy)

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