Prevent gout with ingredients that you can find around the house.
Gout is a disorder in which joints are prone to inflammatory arthritis because of the increased levels of uric acid in the blood. It commonly attacks the big toe, known as podagra, but can surface as kidney stones, renal failure, tophi or urate nephropathy. The uric acid solidifies in the blood stream and gets deposited in the joints and surrounding tissues which leads to severe pain. High levels of uric acid, if not treated properly, can lead to hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. It has become fairly common around the world today because of longer life expectancy and routine unhealthy diet intake. Historically, it was known as the disease of the kings or a rich man’s disease.
Clinically, the ingestion of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and steroids is recommended to immediately treat the gout attack. Once the pain subsides, lifestyle changes need to be incorporated to ensure that the uric acid levels are maintained in the body. For people with chronic gout, allopurinol or probenecid is prescribed to ensure long term prevention of gout attacks.
Lifestyle factors like excess consumption of alcohol, obesity, underactive thyroids, genetics, and diabetes, all play a factor in the high uric acid levels in the body. Even a diet that is high in purines, which are ideally present in all foods, but can be found in high contents in high-protein foods like kidney, grains, anchovies, liver, sweetbreads, mackerel, sardines, mussels and yeast, can contribute to high uric acid levels. Certain other diseases like cancer and their medication can also affect the uric acid levels in the body. Temporary increase in the levels can be caused by sudden excessive exercising, fasting and crash dieting as well.
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