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Our joints impact a majority of our movement and allow us to perform complex tasks that no other species can do. However, what if our ability to use our joints was somehow taken away from us?
Arthritis currently affects more than three hundred million individuals worldwide, with nearly a quarter of these individuals being residents of the United States. This number is one the rise with each passing day and very few people are aware of how to prevent or treat it. There are several variations of arthritis and in this article, I will be discussing one strain in particular: Gout.
Gout may be a familiar term to countless individuals because it is one of the most common types of arthritis. Four percent of our world's population is currently afflicted by the condition. Gout affects more men than women, however, the risk of getting this affliction increases with age. It has been determined that men in their late forties to fifties are more likely to acquire Gout because it is rare that a woman acquires it before reaching menopause. It is uncommon, but not impossible for a child or teenager to have Gout.
Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that causes redness, swelling, sensitivity, and severe pain in your joints. These symptoms may be sudden but in short bouts. Gout is notorious for the effect it has on the big toe of either foot because that is where the largest joint on your foot is. Aside from the big toe, other typically affected joints include the elbows, ankles, knees, wrists, and fingers.
The underlying cause of Gout is hyperuricemia, a condition in which there is an excessive amount of uric acid in the blood. This build-up of uric acid causes the formation of crystals in your joints that lead to the inflammatory response. The build-up of uric acid could be due to a number of reasons: alcohol abuse, being overweight, having a genetic disposition, or constantly taking diuretics. These can lead to dysfunction within your kidneys and cause uric acid to build up. There are also certain health conditions that can cause this buildup such as Kidney Disease, Diabetes, or Psoriasis.
Uric acid is a waste product from the natural break down of compounds called Purines. Purines are found in certain foods, and thus, some foods lead to higher uric acid concentrations than others. Purines are rich in meats, sardines, beer, and dried beans. To successfully prevent the buildup of uric acid, it is wise to limit your intake of the following foods:
Another tip to follow is avoiding the consumption of sugary foods. A recent study has indicated that although a buildup in uric acid is for the most part, due to foods rich in Purines, there may also be a sugar component. The break down of fructose (sugar) also releases high levels of uric acid and thus, it is recommended to keep your intake of these sugary foods and drinks to a minimum:
An efficient way to counteract this would be to consume water at least every hour. Water can flush your system and remove any impurities such as uric acid. Having a healthier diet can also be beneficial. There are numerous ways to eat healthier such as finding alternatives such as replacing fruit drinks with a healthy, fiber-rich smoothie. Because alcohol contains a high level of Purines, it is best to avoid alcohol or drink moderately.
Other ways to prevent the build-up of uric acid include:
Gout is unique in the sense that most of the symptoms occur at night and in sudden, but severe bouts. The symptoms of Gout include:
Treatments vary depending on the type of attack. For instance, pain relievers can be used to treat minor attacks whereas major ones require stronger treatments. Gout can be treated both by self and from professional help.
Having arthritis, or more specifically, Gout does not have to interfere with your daily life, or a night out. With the right preventative measures, most of the symptoms can be made bearable.
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