Can Vitamin C Lower Uric Acid Levels?

July 1, 2013 by Teresa.

The benefits of vitamin C in the diet are undisputed. Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin, strengthens the immune-system and protects against infection. It can help to heal wounds. Additionally, vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, can provide protective antioxidants which help keep our cells from being damaged by free radicals. For some time now, vitamin C has been touted as a means to lower uric acid in patients diagnosed with gout, but is that claim true?

While vitamin C may help to protect against developing gout in the first place, once diagnosed it does not seem to hold such healing powers. Gout is an inflammatory form of arthritis that causes excruciating pain and swelling in the joints. This is triggered by the crystallization of uric acid. Lowering the uric acid levels are highly recommended in order to alleviate symptoms and get back to a normal life.

The medical community reports that the management of gout requires treatment with medications. In order to lower urate levels, vitamin C does not show significant results even when paired with medication.

Why do some patients fail to lower their urate levels?

The most common reasons patients are not able to lower urate levels are not taking medications regularly or receiving dosages that are inadequate.

Don't stop taking your vitamin C!

Although it's very rare for people living in the United States or other industrialized countries not to receive sufficient vitamin C, it remains a wise supplement to incorporate into our diets. At one time, sailors of the distant past developed scurvy while at sea. Once it was figured out that the lack of vitamin C was the problem, lemons and limes were brought aboard. There are lots of good reasons to make sure that we include the added advantage of vitamin C in our diets, however, if you have gout, this precious vitamin will not make a difference.

Filed under: Gout Suffers, Gout Treatment and Prevention, People with Gout.

Tags: vitamin C, diagnosed with gout, developing gout, lowering the uric acid levels, management of gout, lower urate levels.

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Gout is Not Just for the Big Toe

July 5, 2013 by Teresa.

Some of the hottest news off the press in regards to gout is a little surprising. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic are discovering that people with the highest risk of repeated gout attacks do not necessarily have their first episodes in the joint of their big toe. In fact, if gout first appears in other joints like the knees or elbows, the risk of having repeated attacks may even be higher.

Anyone who suffers with gout probably already knows that it is a painful form of arthritis. Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid in the body. Eventually, the uric acid can form crystals in the joints causing excruciating pain. This disease is often associated with the big toe.

When patients have a flareup of gout, they sometimes reach a quick conclusion that it is because their medicine isn't working. However, that simply is not the truth and stopping medication can prove to be very costly in the long run.

Although gout may be most common in the joint of the big toe, with about 70% of people experiencing their first attack in that area of the body, other joints can be targeted. The midfoot, ankles, knees, fingers, wrists and elbows can also be affected. Leaving gout untreated increases the possibility that more than one joint will be affected overtime as the disease progresses. Gout can be painful and debilitating. The sudden attacks can disrupt a person's sleep. The toe becomes sore, red, warm to the touch and swollen. Over time, if left untreated, deposits can develop around joints and tendons. These deposits are called tophi. They create visible lumps under the skin which can be disfiguring as well as painful.

Getting a proper diagnosis if you suspect that you're suffering from gout in any joint of the body is very important. The longer you go without treatment, the further the disease progresses, and the more likely you will be to experience more flareups.

Filed under: People with Gout, What is Gout.

Tags: gout, gout attacks, big toe, tophi, arthritis, flareups.

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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.

Filed under: Gout Suffers, New Study.

Tags: kidney stones, gout, uric acid, uric acid stones.

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