What you should know about gout

                                                        Gout is a type of arthritis, typically caused by a build-up of uric acid I the blood. When levels of uric acid build up, it can cause crystals of uric acid to be formed, which deposit in joints and cause irritation, inflammation and swelling. This is known as gout attack, which can be very painful. There are several reasons why the blood may contain high levels of uric acid, it may be a result of the kidneys reduced overproduction of compounds known as purines. It may also be a combination of both. What can you do to prevent attacks of gout? Reducing your weight is a good start in the reduction of uric acid in the blood. Insulin resistance is commonly seen in those who struggle with their weight and may be involved in the development of gout. Nothing that can’t be improved upon with slow, gradual weight loss. Drinking too much alcohol has also been associated with gout for many years. However, it is uncertain how it may be related. If you choose to drink alcohol drink in moderation. Ensuring a sufficient fluid intake (water) helps to reduce the risk of crystals forming in the joints as well. Keeping hydrated and avoiding dehydration will lessen the risk of gout attacks. Purines are natural compounds found in many foods. When purines are metabolized, they are broken down and their end product is uric acid. Therefore, reducing purine-rich foods, particularly if they are regularly consumed, may also help prevent gout attacks. Lastly, limit your sugary foods such as yogurts, jams, fruit juices etc…. and especially stay away from sweeteners such as corn syrup. Go without for the sake of your health except on a rare occasion to treat yourself.