Before Gout Attacks: Ways to Prevent It

If you suffer from gout, you know how painful this condition can be. Even with medication, attacks can still occur. The good news is that there are ways to reduce the chances of having a flare up with a little work on your part.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that affects a higher percentage of men than women. This particular type of arthritis is characterized by flare ups of one or two joints at a time. The sufferer is hit with sudden debilitating pain and limited movement in the affected joint.

What Causes Gout?

Gout used to be known as a disease of kings. Why? Mainly rich men suffered from this illness, and it is now known that it was due to their lavish feasts of fatty meat. Today, it has become clearer that the main cause of gout is an excess of uric acid in the body. Some people naturally have more uric acid in the body, while others have an excess due to kidney disease or a diet that causes them to ingest more than others.

Best Prevention Tips

  • Limit or eliminate intake of organ meats, high fructose corn syrup, alcohol, and added sugar
  • Limit meat consumption
  • Eat more low-fat dairy and veggies
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Regular, low-impact exercise to relieve joint pain
  • Increase water intake

If you are suffering from gout and would like to talk with a physician about lessening outbreaks, contact Questcare Medical Clinic for information about our locations and hours.