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Gout is caused be an excess of uric acid in the blood, and it crystallizes
at the joints of the legs and ankles, thus causing inflammation.
The cause of the excess is not known, but there is a hereditary
component. Precipiating factors include rich foods, alcoholic drinks,
a high fat diet, and inadequate exercise, but they are no more than
precipitating factors. The disease can occur in vegetarians and
teetotallers. Fatness as an independent factor is not known to have