Natural Treatments for Gout - Gout Information

Gout is condition that results from crystals of uric acid depositing in tissues of the body. Gout usually affects the first metatarsal phalangeal joint of the big toe (hallux) or the ankle joints. Gout most often affects the big toe but can also affect the ankle, knee, foot, hand, wrist and elbow. Approximately one million people in the United States suffer from attacks of gout. Gout is nine times more common in men than in women. It predominantly attacks males after puberty, with a peak age of 75. In women, gout attacks usually occur after menopause.

It occurs more frequently in countries that have a high standard of living. The most common sign of gout is a nighttime attack of swelling, tenderness, redness, and sharp pain in your big toe. There may also be the feeling that the skin around the area is stretching or tearing. There seem to be a number of factors that can cause people to develop gout. Some medications can prevent uric acid from leaving the body. Cyclosporine which is a medication used to suppress the body's immune system and prevent rejection after organ transplant, also increases the risk for developing gout. This can cause a build up of uric acid crystals.

Alcohol and certain foods can trigger a gout attack. Events such as strokes, heart attacks or surgery may also cause gout. Gout is strongly associated with obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. Because of genetic factors, gout tends to run in some families. A variety of treatments can help you manage your gout. Traditionally treatment for acute gout has consisted of colchicine , which can be effective if given early in the attack. Gout often is treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as naproxen (e.g., Anaprox, Naprosyn) and indomethacin (e.g., Indocin), usually for 3--7 days.

To prevent future attacks, your doctor can prescribe a medicine to reduce uric acid buildup in your blood. Changing the way you eat can help you conduct your gout. Eat a healthy mix of foods so you get the nutrients you need. Limit foods like meat, fish, and beer. Drink plenty of water and other fluids. Life style changes such as limiting alcohol consumption, and limiting meals with meats and fish rich in purines can also be helpful in controlling gout. Weight loss may be very important this condition. You should also avoid certain animal proteins, such as: seafood; liver; kidney; heart; gizzard; sweetbreads; meat extracts; and gravy.

Herbal remedies for gout have become very popular in recent years. There is very little evidence right now that shows alternative therapies are effective for gout. Blueberries are high in anti-inflammatory compounds called anthocyanins, which help ease the pain of gout. Other herbal treatments that have shown some success include vitamin C - Taking supplemental amounts of vitamin C helps some people to reduce the uric acid in their blood.

by Juliet Cohen


Don't Just Fight the Symptoms-
Help to Solve the Problem!

Your diet can account for 1/3 of the uric acid produced in your body. The Gout Hater's Cookbook series explains how changing your diet to foods with fewer purines can help relieve the symptoms as well as address the actual problem of hyperurecemia (elevated levels of uric acid in the blood).

With delicious recipes that are lower in purines, the Gout Hater's Cookbook collection can help you lower uric acid levels, as well as offer dishes that will delight the entire family!

About the Complete Set of Gout Hater's Cookbooks:

  • All three books each stand independent of the others

  • Each book offers its own information

  • All provide extensive bibliographies

  • All contain a comprehensive list of foods low, relatively high and highest in purines.
     

    About 5.9 million people in the United States suffer from gout, and the numbers are growing. More than 70 per cent are men over 40. Gout does not usually occur in women until after menopause.

 

 

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