14 Gout Myths You Thought Were True

There are a number of myths about gout that can lead people who have it to suffer needlessly.

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

Cherries Are Good For Gout

Cherries Are Good For Gout

1. Myth: Gout only affects men.

Fact: While it is true that men are three times more likely to get gout, it does affect women too.

2. Myth: Gout is a disease for old people.

Fact: Gout 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 gout, you will be more likely to develop it.

6. Myth: No one knows what causes gout.

Fact: Gout 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 gout. It is the most common form of arthritis in men over the age of 40.

8. Myth: Gout is not that painful.

Fact: The pain of gout 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 gout pain.

Fact: Those with gout should NOT take ANY aspirin, because it raises the level of uric acid in the blood.

10. Myth: If left untreated, gout will go away on its own.

Fact: The symptoms of a gout attack may go away within a few days.

But without treatment, the primary cause of gout (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.

Fact: Cherries Can Help With Pain

Fact: Cherries Can Help With Pain

11. Myth: Gout mainly affects thin people.

Fact: Most people with gout are obese.

Even people as little as 15% over their ideal weight can develop gout.

12. Myth: A crash diet can help your gout.

Fact: low calorie diets are a known trigger for gout attacks.

13. Myth: Drinking beer is good for my gout.

Fact: The opposite is true. Those with gout should avoid alcoholic drinks.

14. Myth: What you eat and drink makes no difference when you have gout.

Fact: Diet is one of the best ways to treat your gout 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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