This article is a very personal one for me. I went to my family physician the other day because every joint that I had seemed to hurt. His diagnosis after many tests was that I had a mild form of gout. I thought gout was a disease of the rich from the Middle Ages. Surely not in the 2000s. So I started researching and this is what I found. I thought there might be a few others that would like this information.
IMPORTANT LEGAL DISCLAIMER:
I am not a doctor or health care practitioner. If you even suspect you have any health problem, be sure to consult a doctor or nurse or health care provider as soon as possible. This information is merely meant as info only you need to see a physician for a proper diagnosis.
Gout is a form of arthritis that affects mostly men between the ages of 40 and 50. Gout (also called metabolic arthritis) is a disease created by a buildup of uric acid.
Gout can be triggered by the same agents that cause potassium losses such as fasting, surgery, and potassium losing diuretics. Gout has the unique distinction of being one of the most frequently recorded medical illnesses throughout history. Gout is a kind of arthritis that has been known since ancient times.
What are the risk factors for gouty arthritis? First, Gout is a medical condition that is characterized by abnormally high levels of uric acid in the blood. Next, by
repeated attacks of joint inflammation (arthritis), deposits of hard lumps of uric acid in and around the joints, and decreased kidney function and kidney stones.
Attacks usually go away within 3 to 10 days, even without treating them. The next attack may not occur for months or even years. Attacks usually start during the night, and moderate pain in a joint is first noticed. Attacks of gout often occur after indulging in alcohol, particularly wine or beer, or after overeating rich foods such as liver, anchovies, and gravy. Attacks tend to last a few days to a few weeks.
Increased obesity contributes to the increasing prevalence of gout in the U. S. Diet may be linked to racial dominance since diet has a large influence on gout. Diet guidelines for patients with gout have changed over time, and it is not completely clear which combination of foods is best. Severe dieting such as the all protein, low carb or fasting can cause excess lactic acid, which hinders uric acid excretion by the kidneys. In traditional diet thoughts, we are told that gout is the result of excessive amounts of alcohol, protein, heavy foods, coffee and soft drinks in your diet.
NSAIDs are the preferred form of relief for patients with gout. (NSAIDs - Non Steroidal Anti Imflammatory Drug) NSAIDs such as ibuprofen can reduce the pain and
inflammation slightly, although aspirin should not be used as it can worsen the condition.
IMPORTANT INFORMATiON: I am not a medical physician or giving medical advice. You must consult your family doctor or arthritis specialist for professional advice. I am only passing along research that I have been able to get from pamphlets and other research information.
Weight loss can help reduce uric acid levels in those people that are overweight. Weight loss is long term more important to the chronic gout patient than the specifics of diet. If you are interested to find out the real reason you haven't been able to lose weight and suffer from a number of health issues, Dr. Suzanne Gudakunst has created a perfect program to help you understand what is going on in your body and drugs are not the answer. There is a link at the end to her book Top Fat Loss Secret.
Bottom Line: Weight loss lowers the risk for gout. Your chances of getting gout are higher if you are overweight, drink too much alcohol, or eat too much meat and fish that are high in chemicals called purines.
I hope this article has helped you understand the problem that many face with gout. Dr. Gudakunst book can be found at http://www.wscottbradley.com/gout
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