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Gout Risk Factor Less about Diet, More about Genes


Despite accumulating evidence that gout isn’t all about diet, the condition retains its reputation as the “rich man’s disease”—or the disease that afflicts those who eat richly, regardless of their fortunes. Back in 2008, a study appeared suggesting that about 12% of gout cases could be attributed to dietary causes. A little later, additional studies identified genes that were associated with gout or gout’s chief risk factor, hyperuricemia, or elevated uric acid levels.

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