Focus On: Gout

Gout affects nearly 2.1 million Americans. A chronic form of inflammatory arthritis, gout results from deposits of uric acid in fluids and tissue and is typically characterized by acute "flare-ups" which produce hot, swollen, painful joints. 

Knowing what triggers gout "flare-ups" can help control this form of arthritis.  Common triggers for gout attacks are:

  • Taking diuretics (water pills)
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Eating large portions of meat and seafood

For more information on gout, visit the disease center section of the Arthritis Foundation's website:


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