Gout: Should you blame your diet or should you blame your parents and ancestors?


Gout is caused by excess Uric acid in blood. It is known for a long time that certain diets increase Uric acid levels in blood.

For Centuries, the common perception is that Gout is mainly caused by poor diet. But this myth has been busted by a recent study published in British Medical Journal.

The study found that

“Seven foods were associated with RAISED serum urate levels (beer, liquor, wine, potato, poultry, soft drinks, and meat (beef, pork, or lamb) &

Eight foods were associated with REDUCED serum urate levels (eggs, peanuts, cold cereal, skim milk, cheese, brown bread, margarine, and non-citrus fruits)”.

But poor diet was NOT found to be the MOST important cause of raised Uric acid levels in this study.

The “Genes” handed down by parents and other ancestors were found to be responsible for raised Uric acid levels and Gout in a significant number of people.

So it’s not you but your parents at fault if you are unlucky to have Gout !!


Major Tanya J, Topless Ruth K, DalbethNicola, Merriman Tony R. Evaluation of the diet wide contribution to serum urate levels: meta-analysis of population based cohorts BMJ 2018; 363 :k3951