Gout is an excruciating condition in which the damage mostly revolves around the foot and specifically around the big toe. It usually affects patients with arthritis and is the result of the formation of sodium urate crystals around the joint which descend further down the line into sharp and short needle-like particles which cause unbearable pain in the joints. In addition, gout patients must also suffer from a condition called hyperuricemia which occurs when uric acid increases in the blood. But science still shows that not everyone with high uric acid in their blood can have gout. In addition, when hyperuricemia becomes chronic, it promotes the appearance of uric crystals in the joints.
Gout targets everyone, but studies suggest it specifically targets men over 30. The causes of uric acid in the joints are many: some are related to diet, genetics, alcohol, a diet high in purine-rich protein, joint damage, and even medications.
Diet is the main culprit of gout. That being said, the condition is triggered by the high intake of uric acid, which we can trace back to alcohol, meats, and seafood. Additionally, hydration can also be a major factor here. So, drinking certain beverages like coffee, tea, and alcohol will definitely cause gout. In addition to this, medications like diuretics (for blood pressure) or drugs that compromise the kidneys can also trigger gout.
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