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Once upon a time, gout was known as the disease of kings, because it was linked to the overconsumption of meat and high alcohol intake, a luxury that not everyone could afford.
But nowadays everyone knows that gout is an arthritis type, a very common and painful type, and in reality, it can affect everyone. The habits that increase gout risk are transversal to the general population.
Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid in your bloodstream. Uric acid is the waste that results from all the normal body processes, and usually, it will go through the kidneys and get expelled from your body through urination.
But, if your body is producing too much of it, your kidneys will not be capable of providing an appropriate response, which will result in excess acid that will start forming crystals in your joints. The result? Swollen joints, inflammation and, of course, a lot of joint pain.
Read in to find all the gout symptoms you should recognize and risks you should avoid!