Researchers conclude that what causes gout a type of arthritis can be traced to many things. Overindulgence in alcoholic drinks, certain foods, a surgical procedure, crash dieting, joint injury even chemotherapy can initiate gout.
A naturally forming substance called purine, found in the body and in some foods must be broken down during the digestion process. The waste product formed by this breakdown, uric acid, when present in too great amounts, crystallizes and settles into the fluid that surrounds joints of the body.
These uric acid crystals (monosodium urates) cause severe joint pain for those suffering from gout. Foods known to contribute to high uric acid levels include salmon, sardines, anchovies, sweetbreads, turkey, yeast, mussels, and herring, among others. Many health professionals advise eliminating all shellfish, red meat, and organ meats from the diet if you are afflicted by gout.
Alcohol also plays a significant part in raising the amount of uric acid in the bloodstream, so restricting ones consumption or, better yet, avoiding wine, beer, liquor, and liqueur altogether also helps in alleviating gout symptoms.
Other factors affect ones propensity to gout attacks as well. High blood pressure, diabetes, surgery, drugs used for cancer treatment, the occurrence of gout in your family history, and your age raises your risk of coming down with gout at some point during your lifetime.
Not drinking enough fluids can also lead to build up of uric acid levels. Most doctors recommend people suffering from gout to drink 10 to 12 eight-ounce glasses of water or other liquids every day.
The prevention of gout has yet to be perfected. But doctors do have an arsenal of medicines to help alleviate joint pain associated with gout along with the subsequent swelling by prescribing allopurinol and probenecid. These arthritis pain relief medications lower uric acid production levels in the blood and facilitate its elimination from the body.
Such “natural” remedies as glucosamine, often touted as a cure, have not been scientifically determined to be beneficial toward gout, rhumatoid arthritis, or other joint-related problems.
So if you suffer from gout or know someone who does, the most important thing you can do is talk to your doctor and learn as much as you can about the disease yourself. Treatment does exist and research continues to make living with gout more bearable. Why live with untreated joint pain? Get help with gout-related symptoms.
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