Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Risk of gout attacks

Too much uric acid in the body makes one vulnerable to experience the risk of gout.

Gout is a sickness that occurs with the build up of purines, which are naturally made by the human body. The rest comes from the purines in your diet.

According to medical experts, "if your body produces too much uric acid and your kidneys have difficulty getting rid of it, the uric acid builds up. And this can lead to more gout attacks."

Studies said that to reduce gout attacks, it's important to lower your uric acid to healthy level of less than 6 mg/dL. A pharmaceutical firm that produces medicines for gout sufferers explains that changing your diet may not be enough.

Among the food and drinks that are associated with the risk of gout include: beef, pork, lamb, non-diet soft drinks, beer, liquor, certain shellfish like shrimp, lobster and scallops, certain seafoods like canned tuna, and dark meat fish.

Experts advised gout sufferers to limit alcohol intake and certain foods that are high in purines. " A healthy food may help lower your uric acid by about 1mg/dL. But they warned that diet changes may not be enough to get rid of the build up of high uric acid in the body.

Non-steroid and anti-inflammatory drugs, colchicines and steroids can reduce the immediate swelling and the pain of gout attack, a medical brochure said.

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