Advanced Health Conditions

Gout Causes

What Causes Gout?

Gout results from excessive deposits of uric acid crystals in the joint cartilage. This does not mean everyone with high levels of uric acid will develop gout. The kidneys' ability to rid the body of uric acid is partly determined by heredity. However, if you eat a lot of foods that are rich in purines, you may be at an increased risk for gout. The following table lists the major causes:

 

Common Causes of Gout

Diet

 
· Shellfish
· Salmon
· Sardines

· Organ meats
  (liver, kidneys)
· Asparagus
· Mushrooms

· Excessive Alcohol
· Saturated Fats

Heredity / Physical Condition


 
· Heredity
· Obesity
· High Cholesterol
· Diabetes
· High Blood Pressure
· Menopause 

Medications that may cause Gout

 
· Niacin
· Aspirin (slows elimination of uric acids)
· Diuretics (water pills)