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Can Gout Cause Kidney Disease


2013-08-27 16:37

Gout occurs when excess uric acid builds up in blood and forms crystals in the joints and/or kidneys.It can cause pain and swelling in joints. In some cases, it can attack kidneys and cause inflammation in kidneys and kidney disease.

How does gout cause kidney disease?

Uric acid comes from the metabolism of purines which are in both our body and diet. In right condition, it will be eliminated by kidneys so it stays below 6.0mg/dL.

In gouty,excess uric acid can cause crystal to form in joints and/or kidneys.Uric acid crystals deposited in the kidneys can become large stones.These stones may cause Kidney Disease and permanent kidney damage in the following ways:

1. It can cause inflammation in kidneys.If inflammation can not be controlled, the kidney tissues will become scarred.

2. The crystals may cause an obstruction that prevents your kidneys from wastes, thus resulting in kidney disease.

Both of the above two conditions can cause chronic kidney disease(CKD) and even Kidney Failure.

How to prevent gout from causing kidney disease?

Not all patients with gout will cause kidney disease.The following tips can reduce the likelihood of developing kidney damage.

Firstly,a well-balanced diet can help a lot. The patients with gout should limit and avoid foods high in purine.Red meat, organ meat, seafood, beer, liquor,and sugar-sweetened items,especially with high fructose corn syrup. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day (8 cups) to help reduce the risk for stone formation.You can email to kidneyabc@hotmail.com to get a list of foods high in purine.

Secondly, control the risk factors. High blood pressure,obesity,high blood sugar,and high cholesterol are common risk factor which can worsen gout. It is important for the patients to control these risk factors.

Thirdly, follow the doctor’s medicine prescription.

As kidney disease often develops silently in early stage, many patients with gout may not find kidney damage until serious kidney damage has been formed. Therefore, some tests are needed to detect whether you have kidney problem.


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