On many levels, gout causes are simple. It is simply excess uric acid that causes gout.
I’ve recently started reorganizing my gout causes pages, and I want to make sure I have not missed any. Also, there has not been much discussion of gout causes recently, so this is the place to discuss any aspects of the causes of gout.
Please note that I am not particularly interested here in what causes a single gout flare. I am interested in the underlying causes of gout. My list so far is:
- Kidney disease
- Leukemia, lymphoma, or hemoglobin disorders
- Medical conditions that cause rapid weight change (increase or decrease)
- Medications for other health conditions
- Exposure to lead and other metal salts
Can you think of others?
What are your feelings on obesity? I believe that diet can play a part, and I would add that starvation, dehydration, and malnutrition can also affect gout. I am certainly not interested in specific foods, but have you ever cured gout by completely stopping a bad aspect of diet? To qualify for that, you need to demonstrate uric acid over 6.5 being reduced to 5 or below. This is important, because stopping the pain is not enough – uric acid crystals continue to grow slowly, and they will destroy your joints, kidneys, and other organs, which is definitely not a gout cure.
Please see my article, Gout Causes: Why Does It Matter?, and the What Causes Gout guidelines, for more details of exactly what I mean.