Gout is a condition that affects the joints and can lead to joint deformities, kidney problems, and painful feet. But when treated early, you can help prevent future complications and relieve pain. Gout can be easily treated with a proper diet and medications. In rare cases, surgery is necessary. The main cause of gout is uric acid that is excreted by the kidneys. Uric acid is a waste product that our bodies produce. If the level of the acid is too high, it forms crystals that result in a gout attack. If you don't treat gout properly, crystals will form large deposits that cause deformity of joints. Men are at higher risk of developing gout. But women are also affected, especially after menopause. Obesity and high cholesterol can also cause a gout attack. People who smoke and drink a lot of alcohol are also in the risk group. If you suffer from gout attacks, you should visit a doctor. You can also prevent gout by making healthy lifestyle changes.
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