Gout: Uric Acid Levels

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Gout
What is Gout? This is the question that many of Americans’ want to know. Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when uric acids build up in our blood and causes joint inflammation (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov). In this paper you will read about the different forms of Gout and what it does to our bodies. There are two types of Gout that I will be discussing: Acute Gout, and Chronic Gout. Along with the types of Gout that we can get I will also be explaining some of the symptoms, and cures for Gout.

Growing up the word Gout to me meant painful cramps in your legs, that you got from eating too much beef….WRONG. Gout is a very painful condition to have, but according to many different doctors you don’t get it from beef. The first type of Gout that I will be talking about is Acute Gout; this is a painful condition that typically affects one joint (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov). The most commonly joint that Gout attacks is the big toe. Any joint may be involved in a gout attack, but with the most frequent sites are the feet, ankles knees and elbows. Chronic Gout is a repeat episode of pain and inflammation, which may involve more than one joint (www.gout.com).

The exact cause of how one actually gets Gout is unknown, but it has been said that is it a more commonly condition for men older than forty, women after menopause, and those who drinks alcohol. People who take certain medications, such as water pills, may have higher levels of uric acid in their blood. A Professor and his team (Choi's research team) followed 47,150 men with no prior history of gout over a 12-year period. During that time, 730 men were diagnosed with gout. Study participants who consumed the highest amount of meat were 40 percent more likely to have gout than those who ate the least amount of meat. Study participants who ate the most seafood were 50 percent more likely to have gout. In this specific study, though, not all purine-rich foods were associated with an increased risk of gout. There was...
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