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Gout is a result of uric acid crystals accumulating in the joints. Gout can be extremely painful at times, particularly during episodic flare-ups. Gout can also affect other tissues throughout the body, like the kidney, for example. This can eventually lead to other complications, such as kidney stones. Gout is generally known to occur among men in their 40s. Gout is most common in men, age 45 and older, but the condition can develop at any age.

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1. What is Uric Acid?

Purines are found naturally in the body and are the building blocks of your DNA. Your body has a built-in mechanism for breaking down purines. The result of this process is uric acid. Normally, this uric acid is dissolved into your blood where it passes through the kidneys and released through urine. Sometimes the body produces too much uric acid which results is urate crystals.

 

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