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Thursday, February 14, 2019

All You Need to Know About Gout

All You Need to Know About Gout

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects body joints such as wrists, ankles, hands and feet. The joint on the big toe is, however, the most commonly affected part. The affected joints become stiff, swollen, and extremely painful. Fortunately, the condition is manageable and can be treated. 

Here is a look at important gout information that you need to know for effective prevention and management.

Symptoms of gout - The most common symptom of gout is pain in the affected joint. So intense is the pain that an affected toe cannot bear the weight of cotton sheet. The pain often starts suddenly at night and can go on for between four to twelve hours. Apart from pain, another common gout symptom is swelling of the affected joints. They become tender, look red, and feel hot.

Causes of gout - Gout is caused by excessive uric acid in the blood. The acid is formed through breakdown of purine chemicals which are common in high-protein foods such as poultry and meat. For normal people, the uric acid is eliminated from the body in the form of urine after going through the kidneys. However, for people with gout, either the kidneys fail to filter out all the acid or it is produced in excess quantities. The acid, therefore, builds up around joints and starts to form crystals. The body's immune system responds by fighting this crystal formation around joints. It is this response that causes the excruciating pain on gout-affected joints as well as their swelling.

Gout risk factors - There are many factors that make one susceptible to developing gout. The most common ones are gender, lifestyle choices and genetics. Since production of uric acid is higher in men than women, men are at a higher risk of developing gout than women. However, after menopause women produce almost as much uric acid as men. That explains why women become equally susceptible to developing the condition after menopause. Apart from gender, lifestyle choices such as excessive alcohol consumption and regular intake of foods with high quantities of purine chemicals such as red meat can also lead to development of gout. While alcohol has no purine, it makes elimination of uric acid difficult thus leading to its build up. Other common gout risk factors include being overweight and having a gout family history.

Gout prevention  - From a look at the risk factors, it is clear that the best way to prevent gout is to live a healthy lifestyle. Such lifestyle includes taking balanced diet and avoiding alcoholic drinks. Maintaining a healthy body weight and taking in fluids of around three litres a day also reduce the risk of developing gout.

Gout treatment  - Effective gout care and treatment play a major role in preventing the condition from developing into more serious complications such kidney stones and recurrent gout. Generally, treatment involves taking medications that relieve the pain or those that prevent the condition's recurrence through blocking of uric acid formation. Drugs in the former category include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin while those in the latter category include alloprinal.

It is unfortunate that despite being one of the most painful conditions that one can ever develop, many people do not take gout seriously. That should not be the case. Like all health problems, prevention is always better than treatment. Taking healthy and balanced diet, exercising, avoiding alcohol, and managing body weight are the best ways of keeping your body free from gout.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Difference Between Arthritis and Crippling Arthritis

Difference Between Arthritis and Crippling Arthritis

Arthritis is a term used to refer generally to joint diseases. It is mostly associated with older people. A large number of people believe that the word refers to just one condition. The signs of arthritis are understood to be weakened, painful and swollen joints. In reality, there are several types of arthritis. While they all affect healthy joints in some way, the causes of the various types of arthritis are different and so are their treatment procedures. The signs and symptoms of various types of arthritis may also differ significantly. This Article limits itself to just two types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and crippling or rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Most people base their understanding of all arthritic diseases on their understanding of or experience with osteoarthritis. That is why osteoarthritis is commonly referred to as just arthritis. It is also referred to as degenerative arthritis in some quarters. It occurs when the cartilage, the soft cushion or padding that joins one bone to another healthy joint, wears off, leaving bone in contact with bone. Commonly, this type of arthritis results from repetitive movement over a long period of time and this is why it will be found in older generations. The wear and tear resulting from such movement wears out the cartilage and leaves bare bones rubbing against each other. This is what causes stiffness, swelling and pain at the joints. Ordinarily, osteoarthritis starts with one joint and spreads to others with time.

The likelihood of one suffering from osteoarthritis may be increased by factors such as excess weight, genetic predisposition and age. It may be managed by resting the affected joints adequately, managing one's weight for better health, hot and cold compresses and taking pain relievers if necessary.

Crippling arthritis, also referred to as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It occurs when one's immune system, instead of fighting off harmful infections, starts attacking healthy cells in the cartilage and other lining of joints. This causes the joints to swell, ache and stiffen. Rheumatoid arthritis affects multiple joints at a time and it does so in a symmetrical fashion. This is to say that if one knee is swollen and painful then the other knee is swollen and painful too. The reason rheumatoid arthritis is referred to as crippling arthritis is because it slowly erodes the muscles, ligaments and bones surrounding the affected joint. As a result, if not treated, it gradually eats away at the muscles and cripples the once healthy patient. In some patients, it may even damage internal organs.

The key to managing crippling arthritis is to start treatment early and to do so consistently and aggressively. Early diagnosis is critical here. When treatment is started early, it is possible to treat and defeat crippling arthritis completely and restore a perfectly healthy immune system and pain free joints. When it has progressed significantly, however, the goal of treatment would be to slow down the progress of the disease and in that way perhaps prevent the crippling effect of this type of arthritis.

Always consult with your Doctor.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

8 Best Vegetables for Better Health

8 Best Vegetables for better health

Spinach - Helps lower high blood pressure. Helps maintain our brain function, memory and mental health.

Carrots - A good vegetable to get some fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, also calcium and magnesium minerals too.

Broccoli - Broccoli is full of nutrients like vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium, magnesium which are all good for a healthy body.

Garlic - Garlic is really good for you, as it can help lower blood pressure, helps with some cancers and treats fungal infections.

Brussel Sprouts - Good source of vitamin C and Vitamin K and many nutrients like, folate, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, phosphorus and omega 3. Also helps our eyes, skin and bones.

Kale - Kale is full of great antioxidants and is high in fiber. It will help you stay full longer. Good choice for someone who is dieting.

Peas - Helps boost levels of folate which is great for our heart.

Asparagus - Full of vitamin B6 which helps in breaking down the food we eat and helps our immune system.

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