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There are more than one hundred types of arthritis, but gout is among the most common and the most painful.

Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood, a condition called hyperuricemia. In addition to causing excruciating attacks, if left untreated, the excess uric acid builds up into deposits. These tophi can lodge in the joints, causing mobility issues and long-term joint damage. People who have experienced a gout attack liken it to rubbing shards of glass in their joints. In addition to pain, gout is linked with many other health conditions.

In honor of Men’s Health Month this June, here are five facts that men should know about gout and how it affects their health.

This month’s observance encourages men to take charge of their health by getting screenings and initiating treatment for manageable conditions. Addressing gout and its related conditions should be among those behaviors men aim to improve this June and throughout the year.

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