Health Tip: Know Risk Factors for Gout

(HealthDay News) -- Gout is characterized by a buildup of uric acid in the body, leading to swollen, painful joints.

The U.S. National Institute on Aging mentions these common risk factors for gout:

  • Being male.

  • Having a family history of gout.

  • Being overweight.

  • Eating a poor diet.

  • Drinking alcohol.

  • Having too much uric acid in the blood, a condition called hyperuricemia.