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14 Gout Myths And Facts You Should Know

There are a number of gout myths about.

That can lead people who have it to suffer needlessly.

Gout Can Strike Any Part Of The Body

Gout Can Strike Any Part Of The Body

Let’s look at some of them, and the real facts.

 1. Myth: Gout only affects men.
Fact: While it is true.

That men are three times more likely to get this illness.

It does affect women too.

2. Myth: Gout is a disease for old people.
Fact: It affects men between 30 and 50.

And women after menopause – that is, their late 40s to early 50s.

3. Myth: Gout only affects Caucasians.
Fact: Blacks are twice as likely as whites to get it.

4. Myth: Gout only affects the big toe.
Fact: While the big toe is the most common joint affected.

Especially when a person experiences their first attack.

Any joint in the body can be affected.

The most common are in the feet, ankles, wrists and elbows.

5. Myth: Family health history has no bearing.

On whether or not you will develop gout.
Fact: If anyone in your family has this illness.

You will be more likely to develop it.

6. Myth: No one knows what causes gout.
Fact: It is caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream.

Uric acid is a waste product.

That is normally eliminated from the body.

Through the kidneys and the process of urination.

If the body makes too much uric acid.

Or not enough of it is cleared from the body through urination.

It can start to build up.

It will then form crystals in the joints.

Leading to pain and swelling.

7. Myth: Gout is a rare disease.
Fact: More than 5.1 million Americans have this affliction.

It is the most common form of arthritis in men over the age of 40.

Gout Can Linger If Not Treated

Gout Can Linger If Not Treated

8. Myth: Gout is not that painful.
Fact: The pain of this affliction.

Has been compared to childbirth.

Or breaking a bone – in other words, extremely painful.

9. Myth: A couple of aspirin several times a day can help you beat the pain.
Fact: Those suffering with this affliction.

Should NOT take ANY aspirin.

Because it raises the level of uric acid in the blood.

10. Myth: If left untreated, it will go away on its own.
Fact: The symptoms of an attack.

May go away within a few days.

But without treatment.

The primary cause (uric acid build-up) will continue.

Over time, the attacks may become more painful, and more frequent.

The attacks will cause more and more damage.

To the affected joints.

Leading to stiffness.

Loss of mobility and loss of range of motion.

11. Myth: Gout mainly affects thin people.
Fact: Most people with this illness are obese.

Even people as little as 15%.

Over their ideal weight can develop this illness.

12. Myth: A crash diet can help your gout.
Fact: Very low calorie diets are a known trigger of an attack.

13. Myth: Drinking beer is good for my gout.
Fact: The opposite is true.

Those with this illness should avoid alcoholic drinks.

14. Myth: What you eat and drink makes no difference.
Fact: Diet is one of the best ways to treat your condition.

And stop further outbreaks from happening.

Uric acid is produced from foods containing purines.

These include red meat.

Certain kinds of fish.

Game like venison, and organ meats like kidneys.

Avoiding these and eating low-fat dairy.

And lean protein like salmon.

Will keep your diet balanced.

And reduce inflammation as well.

Now that you know the truth.

Behind these potentially harmful myths about gout.

You can start taking better care of yourself.

And reduce the impact of this condition on the quality of your life.

 




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