...now I'm scared. Just had blood work and urinalysis done because of recurring gout flareups. The report came back showing very high uric acid, very high triglycerides, high cholesterol, slightly high SGOT, and very high SGPT. He put me on a cholesterol lowering med in addition to the high blood pressure meds I've been on since my late 20s/early 30s when I was in pretty good shape. I've never consumed alcohol, never smoked, never had hepatitis or diabetes, and don't have a family history of either one. I'm 48, 5' 9", and just weighed in at 218 lbs. The thought of a stroke or heart attack scares the crap out of me. Changing eating and exercise habits is going to be a real challenge!! I read posts here for inspiration because I know many of you have gone through some very tough times, far worse than mine. Thanks.