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Watch your diet and avoid gout

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Added 12th July 2004 03:00 AM

Some 90% of those who suffer from gout are men especially between the ages of 40 and 50 years.

Some 90% of those who suffer from gout are men especially between the ages of 40 and 50 years.

Some 90% of those who suffer from gout are men especially between the ages of 40 and 50 years.

Gout is a condition that may occur in a susceptible individual when the amount of uric acid (sodium urate) in the blood and body fluids gets too high.

If the levels of uric acid in the blood and body fluids become abnormally elevated, the uric acid forms crystals that take on a needle like shape. Like a needle, the crystal jabs its way into the joints causing a lot of pain. Gout typically seems to prefer the joint of the big toe.

However, other joints can be attacked as well, including the mid-foot, ankle, knee, writs, and even the fingers. the first symptom is usually acute pain, then the affected joints become somewhat swollen, hot, and extremely sensitive to the touch. Other contributing factors include obesity, alcohol,candida infection, prolonged use of antibiotics and a diet rich in meat and fats. They also include junk foods such as cake, biscuits, fried foods, soda, sugary foods and beverages, and caffeine.

Medication such as isoniazid, flurosemide (lasix), thiaside, stress and high blood pressure may cause the disease.
in some individuals develop gout for no apparent reasons. The interesting facts are that some people with higher levels of uric acid never experience gout.

fundamentally uric acid is not harmful. It actually acts as a powerful antioxidant. (Antioxidants are chemicals that protect the body cells from a certain type of damage).

A greater part of uric acid is produced in the body and some of it comes from certain foods we eat.
Possible side effects of frequent and prolonged attacks of gout include kidney stopes and permanent damage to the joints.
if there is a history of gout in your family:

lmaintain normal body weight for your height, build, age and gender.
llimit the amount of fats and junk foods in your diet.

Exercise regularly, and drink plenty of water — approximately two to three litres daily.
lavoid, or limit the amount of meat in your diet and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Whenever possible, avoid stressful situations.
Long-term treatment with medication either prevents the accumulation of uric acid, or accelerates its elimination. However, medication is not without side effects. Therefore, gout should be treated with medication if:

You are not overweight, and despite dietary changes your blood uric acid level is still high.
lin addition to high uric levels, you have high blood pressure.
lin addition to high acid levels you have kidney stones

You have had several attacks of gout.
During an attack drink plenty of water, reduce the amount of stress, and get plenty of rest. Eliminate alcohol consumption and limitor even avoid meat, beans, groundnuts, egg yolk, oats, sardines, tomatoes, spinach, cauliflower, cake, biscuits, all colas and other soft drinks, wine, beer, white bread and all fried foods.

Some of the recommended foods include rice, millet, maize flour, sunflower seeds and yellow sweet potatoes.

Others are low fat milk, egg white, very small amounts of fish, chicken without skin, carrots, pumpkin, pumpkin leaves, cabbage, green pepper, pineapple, mangoes and ripe banana. Add a few drops of either olive or sunflower seed oil in your cooking. Do not fry.

Vitamin supplements such as the B complex, folic acid, Vitamin C, E, zinc, calcium, magnesium and Omega 3, fatty acids are known to help in the management of gout.
If you have a history of gout, talk to your doctor of pharmacist.
about the side effects of that particular medicine.

Watch your diet and avoid gout

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