What is Gout?
Do you know gout is one of the most frequently recorded medical conditions throughout history?
It has sometimes been thought of as a 'rich man's' lifestyle
disease because it is linked to eating too much rich food and
consuming excess alcohol.
So, you may be asking what is gout?
What causes gout?
And what are some of the risk factors that can lead to suffering with gout?
What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis where swelling and severe pain develops in
your joints, usually at the base of your big toe.
Gout occurs when there are excess levels of uric acid in your blood and
body tissues. When there is an excess of uric acid it can crystallize in
your joint and form tiny, jagged, needle-shaped crystals. Uric acid
crystals can cause an intense inflammatory reaction from your immune
system leading to the painful arthritis condition known as gout.
Gout generally affects the joint in your big toe, however, other joints or
surrounding tissues of your ankle, knee, wrist, elbow and fingers may
also be affected.
What Causes Gout Disease?
Doctors believe gout disease is caused by a combination of hormonal,
genetic and dietary factors. Secondary gout may be caused by drug
Uric acid, the end product of normal metabolic processes, is disposed of
by our body via urine. However, people diagnosed with gout retain too
much uric acid due to either overproduction or a reduced excretion by
What Are The Risk Factors That May Cause Gout?
Gout is more common in men than women. Gout most often affects men
in their 40's and 50’s. Gout attacks are often more common in women
after menopause and in people suffering with kidney disease. The
following factors may increase your risk for suffering with gout:
~ advancing age
~ drinking too much alcohol
~ eating rich foods
~ a family history of gout
~ being overweight
~ kidney disease
~ thyroid problems
~ use of certain drugs
Are There Any Natural Treatments For Gout Pain Relief?
The good news is yes. In fact, most people diagnosed with gout are able
to effectively control their symptoms with natural treatments and some
simple changes to their lifestyle.
Successful gout treatment with far infrared natural therapies can help
reduce the discomfort, pain and inflammation caused by the symptoms of
gout to help prevent damage to your affected joints. These include
watching your diet, getting regular exercise, drinking plenty of fresh water
and reducing the consumption of alcohol as preventive measures to help
you avoid the risk of gout or gouty arthritis.
Natural Gout Treatment
Doctors recommend that people suffering with an acute gout attack rest
their affected joint until the pain and symptoms ease. Far infrared
therapy socks can assist to improve circulation to help eliminate uric acid
levels, protect sore, gout-affected joints and help relieve pain to assist
you recover faster.
For some people who suffer with gout, certain medicines, such as aspirin,
can actually make your gout symptoms worse by abruptly changing the
uric acid level in your blood. It is recommended you check with your own
health care provider to get personal advice for you.
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