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9 Surprising Triggers of Gout Pain

Dietary factors, such as red meat and alcohol, have long been known to trigger gout pain, but medications and medical conditions can be a problem too.
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Dehydration

Dehydration can have many ill health effects, and gout is one of them.

"Dehydration can increase the blood uric acid concentration, and in susceptible individuals such an increase can contribute to a gout attack," says Theodore Vanitallie, MD, professor emeritus of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York.

Aim to drink around eight cups of water a day, Dr. Vanitallie says, especially if you have already had a gout attack or have other risk factors.

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