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Understanding Gout: focus on preventing gout “attacks”

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

In this blog We delved into the world of gout, and particularly how to prevent a flare or “gout attack”.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a painful condition that occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the joints. This buildup results from either producing too much uric acid or being unable to effectively remove it from the body. Uric acid crystallization in the joints is responsible for the excruciating pain associated with gout. In medical terms, gout is known for causing some of the most intense pain a person can experience, to the point where even the touch of a sheet can be excruciating.

Why Do Gout Flares Occur?

The two main culprits are excessive intake of purine-rich foods and the body's inability to eliminate uric acid efficiently. Purines are found in foods like red meat and seafood, and indulging in these during festive occasions can lead to painful gout flares. Moreover, certain circumstances such as kidney disease and medications like diuretics can contribute to gout flares.

How to Reduce Gout Flares

  • Dietary Choices: Decreasing the consumption of animal protein, especially red meat and seafood, can significantly reduce the risk of gout flares. Limiting alcohol intake, especially beer, can also help.

  • Incorporate Cherries: Studies suggest that consuming cherries, particularly a handful of them, may help prevent gout flares. Incorporating cherries into your diet can be a tasty way to combat gout.

  • Communicate with Your Physician: If you have gout and are prescribed new medications, discuss with your physician if these medications can potentially trigger gout flares. Preventive measures can be taken to ensure a smooth treatment process.

  • Consider Medications: For severe cases or persistent gout, medications can be prescribed to reduce uric acid levels and prevent flares. These may include allopurinol or newer biologic agents, depending on the patient's specific needs.

  • The Role of Vitamin C- Vitamin C, found in fruits and vegetables, has shown promise in reducing the risk of gout flares and also the importance of a diet rich in fruits and veggies as a natural and effective way to combat gout.

Can Gout Go Away?

The good news is that gout can indeed be managed and, in some cases, even resolved. It can go away through a combination of dietary adjustments, medications, and lifestyle changes. Some patients achieve complete control over their gout with nutrition alone, while others may require medication. The goal is to decrease uric acid levels and manage flares effectively.

Is Gout Hereditary?

There is a genetic component to gout. If your family has a history of gout, you may be at a higher risk. However, this genetic predisposition doesn't mean you're destined to suffer from gout. Lifestyle choices and dietary habits play a significant role in managing the condition and preventing gout flares.

Conclusion :

Gout is a painful condition, but with the right approach and guidance from a medical professional, you can effectively manage and even resolve it. By making smart dietary choices, incorporating fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, and working with your physician to tailor your treatment, you can enjoy a life free from gout flares.

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