Uric acid is generated as we metabolize the food we eat and as the body's tissues are broken down during normal cell turnover. Some people with gout generate too much uric acid (10% of those affected) and are medically referred to as "over-producers." Other people with gout do not effectively eliminate their uric acid into the urine (90%) and are medically referred to as "under-excretion."
Acute gout attacks are characterized by a rapid onset of pain in the affected joint followed by warmth, swelling, reddish discoloration, and marked tenderness. The small joint at the base of the big toe is the most common site for an attack. Other joints that can be affected include the ankles, knees, wrists, fingers, and elbows. In some people, the acute pain is so intense that even a bed sheet touching the toe causes severe pain. These painful attacks usually subside in hours to days, with or without medication. In rare instances, an attack can last for weeks. Most people with gout will experience repeated bouts over the years.
Obesity, excessive weight gain, especially in youth, moderate to heavy alcohol intake, high blood pressure, and abnormal kidney function are among the risk factors for developing gout. Certain drugs and diseases can also cause elevated levels of uric acid. Also, there is an increased prevalence of abnormally low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism) in patients with gout.
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Standard Dosage -3 times a day before meals.
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- Know Your Uric Acid Level – Uric acid levels should be checked at least twice per year. The goal should be to have your uric acid level below 6.0 mg/dL
- Exercise Regularly – Exercise will keep you in shape, helping you maintain an ideal healthy weight, will increase your energy and will help you build strong bones, joints, and muscles which gout slowly deteriorates over time. In the end, exercise will promote faster healing from gout attacks.
- Maintain a Healthy Body Weight – An obese person is four times more likely to develop gout than someone with ideal body weight. If weight loss is necessary, talk to your doctor to determine the best plan of action. Avoid crash diets, since fast or extreme weight loss can increase the amount of uric acid in the body. High-protein diets may be a problem for people with gout because of the high-purine foods on many of the diets, especially red meat and shellfish.
- Stay Hydrated – Many dietitians recommend consuming at least 64 ounces of water daily, and more if you are exercising. Water helps the body transport nutrients and waste, regulates body temperature and cushions joints and tissues. Research also suggests that drinking adequate water might guard against kidney stones and constipation. Some experts believe that drinking water can help remove uric acid from the bloodstream. Avoid sports drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.
- Take Vitamins – The risk of gout appears to be lower in men taking daily vitamins. Vitamin C may be a useful supplement in the 500 to 1000 mg per day range.