Diet and exercise will help prevent gout flares. This may include weight loss, reducing intake of food which are rich in purines and avoiding excessive alcohol. Your doctor may also prescribe appropriate gout treatment to reduce the inflammation and lower the blood uric acid level.
Gout often runs in families because of a genetic connection. Most people with gout have their first attack between the ages of 30 to 40. The majority are men, although women may develop the condition after menopause. This is because the female hormone known as oestrogen can help to excrete uric acid from the body. Other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, leukaemia, and kidney disorders and certain medications can also cause gout.
Gout is also linked to obesity and drugs like diuretics.
Finally, download a copy of our flyers which examine gout in greater detail in your preferred language:Gout.pdf
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