Gout and You

Gout is a rheumatic disease in the arthritis family resulting in the deposits of uric acid crystals in the tissues and fluids of a person’s body. Gout is caused when one has high uric acid levels in the blood usually over 6 mg. It first begins with what we call asymptomatic hyperuricemia that is the period before getting a first gout attack where there are no symptoms as of yet and crystals are slowly forming in the joint. There is a breakdown in the metabolic process that is supposed to maintain healthy uric acid levels but the body produces too much uric acid causing this disease.

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