It is important to properly treat gout because it can cause serious damage, even after the pain has subsided. A high level of uric acid in the blood (called hyperuricemia) is the main cause of gout. When there is too much uric acid in your blood, it can no longer dissolve and it crystallizes. Your body then attacks these crystals, causing the tissues to become inflamed. The crystals usually settle where blood circulation is poor, such as the joints in your extremities. This is why most gout attacks first occur in the big toe.
Even though the symptoms of gout may subside within a few days, you may still have too much uric acid in your blood, and future gout attacks are more likely.
Why do some people get gout and others don't?
While the exact causes of gout are not fully understood, some factors are known. Some people have a genetic predisposition to develop gout. Gout may also be related to other medical conditions.
Diet also accounts for some gout; foods that contain purines, a kind of protein found in meat and fish, is converted to uric acid in the body. Some people have poor uric acid metabolism, so when they eat purine-rich food, they develop hyperuricemia as a consequence.
Dietary Choices That Will Help Lower Uric Acid Levels
Uric acid is a natural byproduct of cell activity. Our
bodies produce uric acid as a result of the food we eat going through the
metabolic process. Each food is associated with a particular uric acid output.
People living with gout and certain other medical conditions have to pay close
attention to the potential of each food to produce uric acid.
Food high in
purines, the substance connected with a patient’s uric acid levels, has to be
identified and then minimized in order to lower the amount of this particular
byproduct. When combined with
other treatments your doctor or dietician recommends, a diet free from these
foods will help usher you to a new stage of good health.