However, when there is too much uric acid in the body, uric acid crystals (monosodium urate) can build up in joints, fluids, and tissues within the body. It is important to note that hyperuricemia does not always cause gout, and hyperuricemia without gout symptoms does not need to be treated.
Left questioning why he had been affected by the condition, Stayt put his questions to Dr Ryatt, adding: “It makes you question. Obviously it is linked to diet a lot, traditionally linked to alcohol. What do you say to people who have suffered from gout and how do you treat it?”
Responding, Dr Ryatt shared: “There are some things that everyone can do, whether they have had gout before or [to] reduce the risk of getting gout. You have mentioned alcohol and diet.
“Certainly certain types of alcohol such as beers, ports and fortified wines and stouts have high levels of purines, which is what is broken down to form uric acid, which causes gout. So avoid drinking too much of them if you have a predisposition to getting gout.