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 of developing gout:
  • kidney disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism
  • alcohol consumption and diets rich in high-purine foods such as sardines, liver, organ meats, and asparagus
  • obesity
  • lead poisoning
  • prescription drugs such as diuretics or antirejection drugs, or aspirin in large or regular doses

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