Hyperuricemia is the term used by doctors to describe high, excess uric acid in the body. Uric acid develops when the body breaks down purines, organic compounds found in many foods. Uric acid is usually eliminated through the kidneys and urine. If a person has hyperuricemia, either their body overproduces uric acid, or their kidneys cannot process it normally. The excess uric acid builds up slowly over time. Those who partake in diets rich in red meat and shellfish, both of which contain high levels of purine, are more likely to suffer gout attacks. People with obesity are at a higher risk of contracting gout and are susceptible to having attacks earlier in life.
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