While gout has been called “the disease of kings,” those afflicted feel anything but royal.
This debilitating arthritic condition comes on suddenly when excessive uric acid in the blood crystalizes in the feet, ankles, wrists, fingers, or other joints and tissues. Gout attacks—considered to be among the most excruciating conditions—cause severe pain that can last several days, weeks, or even months. It is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in the United States, affecting more than three million people.
The Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and most everyone since have associated gout with extravagant diets and lifestyles. Many rich foods—particularly animal fats, organ meats, red meat, poultry and fish, yeasts, and alcoholic beverages—are high in purines, the organic compounds that break down into uric acid. However, while high purine foods do contribute to the onset of gout attacks, the real issue lies in the body’s overproduction and/or inefficient processing of uric acid, leading to a buildup in joints and tissues.
Gout is no longer considered an aristocratic disease, as virtually anyone can take part in the dietary excesses associated with the condition. Asian populations were spared for centuries because their diets emphasized vegetables and rice with minimal meat and alcohol consumption. However, since many Asian cultures have adopted more Western diets and lifestyles in recent decades, they too are witnessing a rise in Western health afflictions with gout as a prime example.
Gout can be triggered by a number of factors, including: Excessive consumption of purine-rich foods, alcohol, illness, infection, injury, and side effects of some pharmaceutical drugs. A family history of gout can also be a contributing factor.
Who gets gout?
Gout tends to hit older people, mostly men, though postmenopausal women are also at a higher risk because declining estrogen levels may cause uric acid levels to increase. Estrogen is believed to help the kidneys process uric acid, which may also explain why men are up to nine times more likely to experience gout.
Gout also has a genetic component: some people simply don’t metabolize uric acid well, or they produce too much of it. People with joint injuries can also be more susceptible, as uric acid crystallizes at the injury site. Overall kidney
By: Dick Benson
Title: Natural Remedies for Gout
Sourced From: alternativemedicine.com/natural-remedies-for-gout/
Published Date: Tue, 06 Oct 2020 19:07:02 +0000
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