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Gout - Who Is At Risk For Gout ?




What is GOUT?


Gout is a kind of inflammatory arthritis that is caused due to the too much buildup of uric acid in our body. Uric acid comes due to the breakdown of some substances called purines. Uric acid normally dissolves in the blood and passes out through our kidneys and out of the body in the form of urine.

In some cases, uric acid builds up in the blood leading to uric acid crystal deposits in joints, more often in the big toe causing pain, redness, swelling, and stiffness. This can be caused due to stress, drugs, alcohol, and other illnesses. The excessive buildup of uric acid can cause:
 


  • Uric acid crystal deposits in the joints, more often in the big toe, which makes an individual sleepless as the gout causes pain, redness, stiffness in the joints, and swelling.
  • Uric acid deposits that look more like lumps under the skin
  • Formation of kidney stones due to uric acid crystals in the kidneys.
  • Gout can also affect insteps, heels, ankles, knees, elbows, fingers, and wrists.
 
Mostly a gout attack is brought on stressful events, alcohol, drugs, or other illnesses. This attack usually gets better within 3 to 7 days without treatment and the next occurrence of attach may not be months to years.


Risk factors for developing Gout Attacks
 
Gout usually occurs in 8 out of every 1,000 people and it is very rarely seen in children and young adults. Men between the ages of 40 to 50 are at more risk of developing gout than women.


Find below the risk factors of Gout Attacks:

  • Family history of Gout
  • If you are a male
  • Consume too much alcohol and drugs
  • Obese and overweight
  • Eat foods too much that are rich in purines such as liver, peas, dried beans, and gravies.
  • Who have had organ transplantation
  • Usage of certain medicines like, aspirin, diuretics, and cyclosporine
  • Exposed to lead
  • Take vitamin supplements such as niacin.
  • Other health problems such as high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, renal insufficiency, hemolytic anemia, and some type of cancers in older people.