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For those who suffer from gout, maintaining proper hydration is vital to ensuring that our body processes essential nutrients, which can help dilute the uric acid in the foods we consume. Staying hydrated also helps our kidneys expel toxins, thus decreasing uric acid levels. Other foods that can help keep uric acids levels low include vitamin C-rich lemons, buttermilk, antioxidant-rich tomatoes, low-fat milk and green tea which is good for helping treat inflammation and swelling.
Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you have any concerns regarding gout, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What is Gout?
Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.
People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.
Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
A study published last September by The American Journal of Medicine says that gaining too much weight in early and mid-life can drastically increase your chances of getting gout.
Janet W. Maynard, MD, MHS at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD and colleagues found cumulative incidence of gout by age 70 years for women at 3.6 percent among those who were overweight at the baseline and 7.9 percent among those with obesity at the baseline. Women who have a healthy weight at baseline had a gout incidence of 1.9 percent, and those who were considered morbidly obese had an incidence of 11.8 percent.
The study included 6263 women aged 45 to 65 years and without a history of gout, accepted between 1987 and 1989 in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. During the nine year study, 106 women developed gout. Those considered obese were twice as likely to get gout than those considered non-obese.
Early adult obesity, before 25 years of age, among women correlated to a 2.8 times increased risk of gout, compared to those who were not obese at 25.
The researchers concluded that, "In a large cohort of black and white women, obesity in early- and mid-adulthood, and weight gain during this interval, were each independent risk factors for incident gout in women."
A different study, led Ronenn Roubenoff, MD, MHS and colleagues, was published in The Journal of American Medical Association and used men as subjects. Their study associated obesity, excessive weight gain in young adulthood, and hypertension with increased risk of gout.
In their report, the researchers state, "prevention of obesity and hypertension may decrease the incidence and morbidity from gout; studies of weight reduction in the primary and secondary prevention of gout are indicated."
A possible reason for the increase in gout is the consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks, which have already been associated with the obesity epidemic in the United States. Soft drinks often contain fructose, which leads to the formation of gout-promoting uric acid.
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New research suggests that the use of vitamin C supplements may help stave off gout in men.
A report in the Archives of Internal Medicine indicates that vitamin C intake of at least 1500 milligrams per day reduces the odds of gout by 45 percent compared to an intake of less than 250 milligrams per day.
Prior research has shown an inverse link between vitamin C and uric acid levels in the blood, but whether higher concentrations of the vitamin reduces the risk of gout was unclear, according to lead author Dr. Hyon K. Choi, from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and associates.
The findings come from a study of 46,994 men who were followed from 1986 to 2006 as part of the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. None of the subjects had a history of gout when the study began. Vitamin C intake was assessed with validated questionnaires every 4 years and gout was determined using the American College of Rheumatology criteria.
During follow-up, 1317 men developed gout, researchers reported.
As the researchers suspected, when levels of vitamin C rose, the risk of gout fell. For each 500 milligram increase in daily intake of vitamin C, the gout risk dropped by 17 percent.
The result of these data indicate that high vitamin C levels are strongly associated with a lower risk of gout, and dietary increases in this vitamin may prevent the development of gout, the authors concluded.
Further research, they add, is needed to determine how these findings apply to women and to investigate possible interactions with female hormones.
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