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Genes, Not Diet, May Be Key to Gout Flare-Ups


Genes, Not Diet, May Be Key to Gout Flare-Ups


By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Although many people suffering from painful gout flare-ups point to diet as the culprit, new research suggests DNA plays a much bigger role. The findings challenge the long-held belief that diet is the major factor in gout, a joint disease that causes extreme pain and swelling. Gout is caused by hyperuricemia -- high blood levels of uric acid, which forms crystals that collect around the joints.

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