The Close Connection Between Gout and Other Diseases

April 3, 2013 by Teresa.

It is surprising that in a day and age of an abundance of information that there are still an alarming number of people who have very little awareness about the risk factors for gout. A chronic and potentially disabling form of arthritis, gout is on the rise. Besides the fact that there are still a lot of people who believe the myth that gout is an ancient disease that only kings were privy to, there continues to be even less knowledge about the connection between gout and other common diseases.

Which Diseases are on the List?

There are a number of other diseases that pose a risk for developing gout. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and kidney disease are all on that impressive list. Yet, a surprisingly few number of people are aware of these connections. Often, even people who have been diagnosed with gout are not fully aware of what their bodies may be trying to tell them.

It is very common for patients who are being treated for kidney disease to also complain of excruciating pain in one or more of their joints. It appears that in many cases, kidney disease and gout go hand-in-hand.

Gout and diabetes are also closely linked conditions. Men with gout are at increased risk of developing type II diabetes at some point in their life. Type II diabetes can cause uric acid levels to rise in the blood. Although on the surface these two diseases seem somehow unrelated, it is important to understand the link in order to better manage, diagnose and even treat either of the diseases. Studies are even underway to determine whether or not elevated uric acid levels have a direct role in causing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, kidney disease and even obesity.

Family History and Obesity...

Family history and obesity are two other common predictors associated with gout. Yes, indeed, gout does run in families. Although a lot of people may not understand that gout can run in families, a growing number of people appear to make the connection between obesity and gout. Once again that may be because of the misguided notion that gout was a fat, rich man's disease. It also appears that gout patients, about nine out of 10, are educated to the fact that having their uric acid levels monitored is important. It is the high levels of uric acid that form crystals in the joints of the feet and hands and cause gout flareups.

It is clear that many diseases do not thrive in isolation. Our bodies are complex organisms with many interconnected issues. As we age, it becomes increasingly more important that we understand the connections between the various diseases that afflict many people in modern society. A well-informed patient makes better decisions when it comes to treatment options and overall better health.


Filed under: New Study, Gout Fact.

Tags: gout and other diseases, other common diseases, risk factors for gout, ancient disease, developing gout, diabetes, family history.


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Linking High Cholesterol to Gout

April 10, 2013 by Mayank.

Gout used to be a serious condition that was casually referred to as a "rich man's disease." While it is no laughing matter, it is just a light hearted way to paint a serious and painful condition that usually inflicts the big toe. The pain arises from the build-up of uric acid in the joints making the joints almost unbendable and deforming the shape of the digit. By itself, it's a worrying condition.

Latest Research
While it is a worrying condition on its own, researchers have compounded the situation by linking gout to high cholesterol, and even worse, they have also linked it to cardiovascular disease. It's worth to pause for a minute here and note, that gout does not lead to cardiovascular disease or even high cholesterol, it is merely a visible marker. Researchers found that 43% of those who suffered from gout also had hypertensive tendencies, leading to cardiovascular problems.

Cholesterol
The same research showed conclusively that cholesterol rates were indeed higher in those with gout and furthermore, the level of cholesterol occurring was five times more in those with gout than those without.

The importance there is not that gout causes cholesterol or that the diets that cause gout are the same ones that are responsible for high cholesterol. There may be similarities, but as of yet, there is no causal link. But there is statistical evidence that places gout as a definite marker and physicians should subject their patients to additional tests to determine cardiovascular disease as well as high blood pressure.

Cardiovascular Disease
Heart attacks are just one of the physical results of cardiovascular disease. There are other ailments that may precede a heart attack, including arrhythmia and palpitations. It should not be considered that all end in heart attacks.

Ingredients and Diets
Diets are the best way to manage many illnesses. After all the adage of "we are what we eat" still stands true today as it did when it was first coined. Society has become very recalcitrant in what they consume. Processed meats, nitrates and all kinds of chemicals that one needs a chemistry degree more than a culinary one to get a job in the food industry. This is no wonder then that what humans nourish themselves with has begun to hurt them. The high nitrates for example in the meats we consume. The monosodium glutamate that we unwittingly enjoy in canned soups and the chemical coloring have zero benefit.

With the link between high cholesterol and gout established, it is now up to those in the high risk category to take a second, and more serious, look at managing their diet. Look into making a serious effort at avoiding high cholesterol diet like red meat and salmon. It is advisable to balance the diet and look at your level of activity to determine your diet. If you are an active person through most of the day, then a diet, high in carbohydrates, will allow the body to function better. If you are more sedentary, lower carbohydrates and lesser proteins may be better. Either way, remember we are what we eat.


Filed under: Gout Food Diet, New Study.

Tags: cholesterol and gout, linking gout to cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, gout causes.


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Can Drinking Beer Lead to Gout?

April 29, 2013 by Mayank.

Gout refers to a very painful inflammatory arthritis condition experienced by very many people, and is more common in men than women. This condition is characteristic of severe pain that develops suddenly coupled with the swelling of body joints. For a long time now, there has been a lot of speculation that alcohol is one of the main causes that leads to the development of this painful condition. Even with all this, there is still a lot of uncertainty amongst many people as to whether drinking beer can lead to development of gout? Following is a detailed overview to help explain the truth in the claim that if drinking beer can lead to gout.

Alcohol and gout [how are they related]

The body is known to react to any build up of uric acid within the body especially in the joints. Alcohol on the other hand serves as the main source of uric acid that builds up within the body. Good news is, researchers have been successful in illuminating a couple of ways in which drinking alcohol relates to increasing your risk of suffering from gout. These include the fact that:

i. Consumption of alcohol has been found to significantly impede the removal of uric acid from within the body. This being the case, alcohol within the system ends up being metabolized turning into lactic acid. This lactic acid ends up competing with uric acid to be eliminated in the kidney through urine. Overtime, significant amounts of uric acid end up remaining in the body.

ii. Alcohol intake has also been found to significantly increase the amount of ATP that ends up being converted into AMP which forms a perfect foundation for accumulation of uric acid in the body leading to development of gout.

Note: It has also been found out that even taking a single alcoholic beverage a day increases your risk of suffering from gout. Do not forget the risk of suffering from gout continues to increase as the number of alcoholic drinks consumed on a daily basis grow.

What is the likelihood of beer causing gout?

Findings from research indicate that:

i. Those who consume alcohol are 2.5 times more at risk of suffering from gout compared to non drinkers.
ii. Wine was not in any way linked to increasing the risk of suffering from gout Research findings also revealed that a few constituent ingredients in beer such as purines also significantly increased the risk of suffering from gout. Interesting thing is that a few other researchers strongly felt that the likelihood of suffering from gout as a result of drinking is mostly associated with lifestyle. This simply means that heavy drinkers are more likely to suffer from gout as already mentioned compared to those who simply take wine.

Bottom line

The best thing you can do in case you are concerned about gout is to switch to a healthy exercise plan and diet which will help improve your health. Refrain from taking alcoholic beverages and most importantly if you have to drink, do not let your drinking compromise your health diet or exercise plan. Unfortunately, if you are already a victim of gout and you are looking for a solution to counter the pain then it is advisable that you try natural supplements since they serve as a guarantee to keep uric acid at bay.


Filed under: Gout Causes and Symptoms.

Tags: drinking beer, lead to gout, inflammatory arthritis, development of gout, suffering from gout, causing gout.


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