The word gout comes from the French word gote & Latin word gutta meaning “a drop”.
Gout is in fact a very painful problem that is caused by a chemical imbalance in the blood which often affects the base of the big toe & can leave sufferers desperate for relief.
What is Gout?
According to patient.co.uk gout is a form of arthritis that causes pain & swelling in one or more joints.
Gout is caused by a chemical in the blood caused uric acid. Uric acid is a natural part of the body & is typically harmless. Usually, it is passed out with the urine.
However, if you are suffering from gout it means that the uric acid has built up in your blood…After some time this build-up forms into tiny crystals….It is when these crystals collect at a joint causing pain, inflammation & swelling – or what is known as a ‘gout attack’.
Who is Affected By Gout…?
Gout is 9 times more likely to affect men because they tend to have higher levels of uric acid in their blood than women.
Most commonly gout attacks begin after puberty with a peak age at 75, or when it does attack women, it typically affects them after menopause.
Below are a number of things that can increase your risk of developing gout:
- Family History – Gout tends to be clustered in families; you are more likely to have it if others in your family have it as well.
- Age – While gout can show up at any age, it is most often found in men over 45 & women after menopause.
- Ethnicity – Gout is more prevalent in certain Asian sub-groups, for example if your nationality is Pacific Island, you may be at higher risk for gout.
- Obesity – If you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher you are at a higher risk for gout.
- Joint Injury – It is more likely that urate crystals will develop in a joint that was previously damaged.
Lifestyle Causes of Gout…
As mentioned above you may be more likely to suffer from gout if you are overweight.
Other things that can increase your risk include: eating a poor diet, or drinking a great deal of alcohol or sugary soft drinks!
Additional factors that may increase your likelihood of developing gout include alcohol consumption, crash-diets & red meat or shellfish packed with purine.
Purines provide part of the chemical structure of our genes & the genes of plants & animals. Some foods contain concentrated amounts of purine.
For the most part high purine foods tend to be high-protein foods! Such as organ meats like kidney, fish & also yeast.
You also should be careful if you are ever on bed-rest, you may be at risk particularly after an operation when you are lying flat for a great deal of time.
The Symptoms of Gout…
Gout typically affects the base of the big toe however it can also affect other joints such as ankles, knees &/or wrists. Gout can sometimes cause some or all of the following:
- Sharp pain
- Muscle Aches
Reduce The Symptoms of Gout…
The first thing you should do when you experience joint pain that you suspect is gout, is to visit your doctor to determine the fact. After it has been diagnosed the following may help reduce the symptoms:
- Ice the Pain
- Improve Your Diet
- Keep Hydrated
- After applying the above – Give it Time
Ultimately your doctor may also recommend over the counter or prescription drugs to help counter-act the pain & other symptoms.
The Bottom Line…
If you’ve dealt with gout in the past you know it’s a serious problem.
If you haven’t it’s important to note that gout is extremely painful! It has been described as one of the most painful experiences!
Therefore it’s important to reduce any factors that are within your control to help prevent this from happening.
While you can’t change your age or your ethnicity, you can make changes to your eating, lifestyle & your bodyweight that can reduce your risk of ever experiencing or the re-occurrence of gout.
To Your Best Health
To Receive Quality Info Like This Straight To Your Email: Click Me!