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What Is Gout?
Gout is a form of arthritis that can occur when the body’s uric acid levels are severely elevated.
High levels of uric acid in the body form needle-like crystals which lodge in the joints.
The most commonly affected joint is the big toes, but pain can also occur in the ankles, elbows, fingers and fingers.
These tiny little crystals cause immense amount of pain with the affected area often swollen with a red “glow” and giving off a warm, even hot burning sensation.
Uric acid crystals can cause damage to your joints over time if they are not treated.
What Does Gout Look Like?
More often than not, there are visible signs that accompany the feeling of gout. The most common thing to look for is swelling in sore joints along with redness in and around the joint.
Who Cant Get Gout?
Theoretically almost anyone can get gout, but it is generally only experienced by around 5% of the population.
Men are more likely to experience gout than women, with Maori or Pacific Island people at greater risk compared to non-Maori or non-Pacific Island ethnicities.
Gout is more common in people over 40 years old.
Gout used to be called the “rich man’s disease” because hundreds and even thousands of years ago it was thought only wealthy people who could afford expensive foods like sugar, alcohol, red meat and shellfish would suffer from gout.
However because today these foods are readily available to nearly everyone, Gout is very much a modern day disease rather that being isolated to the very wealthy.
Causes Of Gout
Primary Cause: Uric Acid
The direct cause of gout is excess uric acid in the bloodstream. Excess uric acid is not excreted through urine and turns into crystals which form in the joints such as the toes or fingers.
Uric acid levels can be measured with a blood test. This test may also be referred to as a serum uric acid test, serum urate, or UA.
Uric Acid is the main indicator when it comes to assessing gout risk.
Gout can occur in uric acid levels as low as 6 mg per 100 ml (357 μmol/l) but some people can have serum values as high as 9.6 mg per 100 ml (565 μmol/l) and not experience any gout effects.
For this reason, uric acid levels are only one indicator of gout risk. Other factors such as age, weight, genetics, diet and lifestyle must also be entered into the equation when assessing the risk of experiencing gout.
Male 3-4x more likely to get Gout compared to females.
Gout usually affects men after the age of 40, however can occur in younger men who are genetically susceptible to be at high risk of gout.
Women generally don’t suffer from Gout until after menopause.
Your diet can play a big role in how and if gout affects you.
Eating healthy foods low in sugar, eating lots of vegetables and avoiding gouty foods will help you reduce the risk of gout attacks.
If Gout runs in your family genes, you may be fighting a losing battle if diet is your only focus as diet alone may not be able to lower uric acid levels significantly enough to avoid gout.
Some people are genetically susceptible to suffer from gout through naturally high uric acid levels.
Ask your parents, grandparents and siblings if they have any history of gout. Often if your family has a history of gout, there is little you can do in the way of lifestyle changes to truly help and gout medication is the only way to go.
Your weight can also play a big part in how likely you are to experience a gout attack.
If you are overweight or obese, you are at a higher risk of a gout attack.
Overweight people also tend to experience gout attacks at a younger age.
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