Are You Part of a Gout Cluster?

February 7, 2014 by Teresa.

Gout has often been referred to as the disease of kings, implying that it was caused by poor eating habits and an excessive lifestyle. However, research has confirmed that gout is hereditary. Who is most genetically predisposed to develop this painful disease?

Take a look at those closest to you!

That's right! A gout cluster within a family group is definitely worth taking note of, especially if you have close family members who have been diagnosed with gout.

There have been earlier studies that suggested that gout clusters occur within families, but this was usually considered a form of indirect evidence that genetics played a role in causing gout. The most recent study seems much more conclusive, however. Scientists at the University of Nottingham studied the population of Taiwan. This little country has more cases of gout than any other country in the world. What researchers discovered was that an individual with close relatives who has been diagnosed with gout is twice as likely as the normal population to develop the disease in the future.

Additionally, the more relatives that you have with gout, the higher the chances are that you will, too. The fact is that if you have a gout cluster in your families, especially among first-degree relatives, beware.

What about environmental causes?

Environmental factors still play a significant role in causing gout and when added to any genetic issues can create an even bigger problem. Yet, there does seem to be a difference in how genetics and environment increase the risk for women versus men. The influence of genetics appears to be considerably higher for men than women.

Gout is a seriously painful disease affecting the joints. But that's not all! It has also been associated with other major physical problems such as heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. It is becoming clearer and clearer that both genetics and environmental factors play a role in predicting the possibilities of developing gout as well as establishing the need to embrace lifestyles that could actually help to prevent or manage the disease.

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Kidney Stones and Gout

July 22, 2013 by Teresa.

Is there a connection between kidney stones and gout? The answer to that question is both a yes and a no. You may be scratching your head right now in a state of confusion, but there is a reasonable explanation.

Three Types of Kidney Stones

Yes, there are different types of kidney stones. In fact, there are three types of kidney stones in all and none of them are formed exactly alike. Struvite, calcium oxalate and uric acid can all form kidney stones. The magic words in that list were uric acid.

Gout and Uric Acid

If you've already been diagnosed with gout, you probably know that the disease is caused by an excess amount of uric acid in the bloodstream. Generally speaking, our kidneys do a really good job of filtering this out of our system. However, when the kidneys are unable to do the job effectively, major problems can result. Gout can be an end result of the buildup of excess uric acid in our joints when this acid crystallizes.

Uric Acid Stones

If the excess acid begins to line the upper part of the kidney, stones may be formed. Fortunately, the vast majority of kidney stones are passed harmlessly through the urinary tract. However, the passage of a stone is not necessarily without pain. Oftentimes, the pain can be excruciating.

When gout and kidney stones are left untreated, either one can cause the other condition to occur. It is never wise to ignore the symptoms of gout or kidney problems, However, kidney stones can be particularly dangerous, often landing a person in the emergency room.

It's worth noting that kidney disease can easily go undiagnosed until the late stages occur. Sometimes by the time a patient seeks help it is too late. There is a indisputable connection between kidney stones and gout. Keeping your kidneys healthy is very important. Don't ignore troubling symptoms or put off receiving a proper diagnosis.

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