Gout Causes & Risks
- Q What increases my risk of developing gout?
Many people with gout have a family history of the condition. Although gout is more common in men than women, post-menopausal women are more prone than younger women to developing this form of arthritis. The following factors may also increase your risk... Full Answer
- Q What causes gout?
Dr. Michael Roizen, Internal MedicineGout comes on when your body either makes too much or excretes (in your urine) too little uric acid -- a byproduct of purine (a chemical that's in almost all human tissues and some foods). It's those uric acid molecules that cause trouble when... Full Answer
- Q How is obesity linked to gout?
Poor eating habits that lead to obesity often increase levels of uric acid in the blood. Higher levels of uric acid increase your risk of developing primary gout. Losing weight can help lower uric acid levels, reducing the frequency of attacks. Full Answer
- Q Can damage to my joints caused by gout be reversed?
Unfortunately, damage to your joints cannot be reversed. However, with treatment, any additional damage to the joints can be prevented. In some cases, surgery may be used to remove large deposits of tophi (uric crystal) from under the skin. If you... Full Answer