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Hi everyone, how are you? Today’s theme is ” gout “, so you know it’s terrible pain on our foot generally.

First, what do you think these thorny, prickly brambles are?

You will see what’s that by seeing the below images.


Yes, it’s “gout”, it’s so severe painful that you can’t almost breathe.

The above image was taken up by “Gatten” a TV program of NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corporation), and excessive uric acid has accumulated and become ” prickly crystal” in the body.

This symptom is gout, which is hyperuricemia in official name.

It’s quite natural to be intense painful that these splinters thrust into the nerves in the body.

What’s gout ?

According to the statistics, patients of the gout have been increasing year by year, it is said that there are over 10 million gout potential sufferers including hidden patients who are not diagnosed throughout the country.

It is also said that 99% of them are men, and for men between 30 and 65 years old, one in four is a potentiality.

On the other hand, however, it is unusual for female as hormones suppress uric acid, which is the cause of gout, so it is rare for females to develop it, but caution is required as secretion of postmenopausal estrogen decreases.

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by recurrent attacks of a red, tender, hot, and swollen joint. Pain typically comes on rapidly.

The joint at the base of the big toe is affected in about half of cases. It may also result in tophi, kidney stones, or urate nephropathy.

Gout is due to persistently elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. This occurs due to a combination of diet and genetic factors.

At high levels, uric acid crystallizes and the crystals deposit in joints, tendons, and surrounding tissues, resulting in an attack of gout.

Gout occurs more commonly in those who regularly eat meat or dried fishes, drink beer, or are overweight.

Diagnosis of gout may be confirmed by the presence of crystals in the joint fluid or in a deposit outside the joint.

Are you OK?

Now let’s check your symptom briefly,

Items affecting gout are as follows,

★ Drink alcoholic bevarages everyday

★ Feeling lots of stresses in everydaylife, particularly through job

★ A tendency to obesity

★ Eating a lot meat and dried fishes

★ Gout sufferer in your family

★ The number of passing of urine is 10 times or less per day

How many items belong to you?

In my case, drink alcohol only, but I’m now suffering from pain caused by the gout, meaning alcohol has a big influence on it.

In addition, this is also a big risk factor to be a gout sufferer, that’s ・・、

obesity, the more visceral fat, the more uric acid.

When people are overweight or obese, their bodies produce more insulin. “Higher levels of insulin circulating throughout the body inhibit uric acid elimination by the kidneys. This excess uric acid can lead to gout and gout attacks.

What’s the cause of the gout?

The crystallization of uric acid, often related to relatively high levels in the blood, is the underlying cause of gout.

This can occur because of diet, genetic predisposition, or underexcretion of urate, the salts of uric acid.

Underexcretion of uric acid by the kidney is the primary cause of hyperuricemia in about 90% of cases, while overproduction is the cause in less than 10%.

About 10% of people with hyperuricemia develop gout at some point in their lifetimes. The risk, however, varies depending on the degree of hyperuricemia.

Normally, uric acid dissolves in your blood and passes through your kidneys into your urine. But sometimes either your body produces too much uric acid or your kidneys excrete too little uric acid.

When this happens, uric acid can build up, forming sharp, needlelike urate crystals in a joint or surrounding tissue that cause pain, inflammation and swelling.

How to prevent it?

During symptom-free periods, these dietary guidelines may help protect against future gout attacks:

★ Drink plenty of fluids. Stay well-hydrated, including plenty of water. Limit how many sweetened beverages you drink, especially those sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.

★ Limit or avoid alcohol. Talk with your doctor about whether any amount or type of alcohol is safe for you.

Recent evidence suggests that beer may be particularly likely to increase the risk of gout symptoms, especially in men.

★ Get your protein from low-fat dairy products. Low-fat dairy products may actually have a protective effect against gout, so these are your best-bet protein sources.

★ Limit your intake of meat, fish and poultry. A small amount may be tolerable, but pay close attention to what types — and how much — seem to cause problems for you.

★ Maintain a desirable body weight. Choose portions that allow you to maintain a healthy weight. Losing weight may decrease uric acid levels in your body. But avoid fasting or rapid weight loss, since doing so may temporarily raise uric acid levels.

Finally, please keep these advices to your mind and Let’s do it so as to enjoy your life without suffering from painful gout!

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