A wide variety of factors can increase your risk of gout.
Men are more likely than women to have symptoms of gout, and most are diagnosed between 40 and 50 years old. In women, the disease is most prevalent after menopause. Gout is rare in children and young adults.
People with blood relatives who have gout are more likely to be diagnosed themselves.
There are several medications that can increase the risk of gout. These include:
A high dietary intake of purines is associated with gout. Purines are found in the following foods:
Moderate to heavy drinking—more than two drinks per day for men or one per day for women—increases the risk of gout. Beer has been especially linked to gout attacks.
Exposure to high levels of lead is also associated with gout.
People who suffer from the following disease and conditions are more likely to have gout.