Frequently Asked Questions

4. What health problems can put people at risk for gout?

Renal insufficiency, or the inability of the kidneys to eliminate waste products, is a common cause of gout in older people. Here are other medical problems that contribute to high blood levels of uric acid and can put people at risk for gout.

  • high blood pressure
  • hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland)
  • conditions that cause an excessively rapid turnover of cells, such as psoriasis, hemolytic anemia, or some cancers
  • Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome or Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, two rare conditions in which the enzyme that helps control uric acid levels either is not present or is found in insufficient quantities.