Diuretics and gout: What's the connection?

Our general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics. Yes. Diuretics can increase your risk of developing gout, a type of arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in a joint. This may happen because diuretics increase urination, which reduces the amount of fluid in your body. But the remaining fluid is more concentrated, which can increase the risk that you'll develop the crystals that cause gout. Some types of diuretics also reduce the kidneys' excretion of urate, a component of uric acid. You and your doctor will decide if it's...

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