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Know Your Risk for Gout – TAKE THE QUIZ

Did you know that gout is a growing health problem, and that it's one of the most common types of arthritis in the United States and around the world? Gout is very painful and can cause joint damage and other serious health problems. Early treatment is key to a good outcome in gout.

Take this quiz to see if you might be at risk. Discuss the results with your doctor.

Do you have kidney disease or kidney failure?

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Having kidney disease or kidney failure can put you at risk for gout. Healthy kidneys control the amount of uric acid in your blood. They balance the amount taken in with the amount lost in urine. If kidneys don't work well, they may not be able to remove extra uric acid, which can build up and cause problems.

Don't know if you have kidney disease? One in nine people have kidney disease – and most don't know it. Kidney disease can be found with two simple tests during a routine check-up. At your next checkup, ask your healthcare professional for a blood test to estimate your GFR (glomerular filtration rate), and a urine test called "ACR (urine-to-creatinine ratio)."