Have you heard of gout? I had, but had no idea what it was or who is more likely to get it. However, it turns out that women’s risk of getting this condition increase as they go through menopause. Therefore, I thought it would be good to learn more and share it with you.
First of all, what is gout? According to the U.S. National Library’s of Medicine’s PubMed Health , gout is a form of arthritis that happens when uric acid builds up in the blood and causes joint inflammation. There are two types of gout. Acute gout causes pain in one joint whereas chronic gout involves repeated episodes of pain and inflammation in one or more joints.
In gout, uric acid crystals form when too much uric acid builds up in the fluid located around the joints. Uric acid is produced by the body when it breaks down certain substances called purines that are naturally found in the body as well as in certain foods. These uric acid crystals, which are sharp and needle-like, result i...
Gout is a form of rheumatic arthritis that attacks the joints, tendons, and other tissues. Most gout patients, about 90% are men over the age of 40. Women who are menopausal and/or take medications for high blood pressure have a predisposition to develop the condition. Natural treatment for gout has become particularly popular in recent years as t is preferred over traditional medical treatments.
People who suffer from gout have an increased concentration of uric acid in the bloodstream. Often referred to as ‘gouty arthritis,' gout attacks are extremely painful and sneak up on its victims suddenly. The build- up of uric acid form hard crystals that are deposited in the joints causing swelling, redness, tenderness, warmth, and inflammation in the affected area.
The big toe is the most common joint to be affected; however, gout is known to also affect the elbows, knees, fingers, wrists, and ankles. Acute gout attacks must be treated by a physician to lessen the initi...
What is Gout?
Gout is a painful condition caused by deposits of excess uric acid, in the form of crystals, in the joints and/or soft tissues of the body . These uric acid crystals can cause inflammatory arthritis characterized by intermittent swelling, redness, heat, pain, and stiffness in the joints.
Uric acid is a normal by-product of the body’s breakdown of purines which are found in many foods, such as anchovies, sardines, scallops, dried beans and peas, asparagus, mushrooms, game meats, beef kidneys, liver, gravy, and more. Normally, uric acid is dissolved in the blood, passed through the kidneys, and eliminated through urine. Hyperuricemia, elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, contributes to the development of gout.
How is Gout Diagnosed?
Symptoms of gout can be vague. Elevated levels of uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia) does not always cause gout. Persons experiencing an acute gout attack may not have concurrent hyperuricemia...
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