When you are sleeping soundly at night and without any warning a drilling pain like a fire in the toe suddenly wakes you up from your dreams — that is gout. The onset of gout is always sudden and painful, like being burned by fire, and seems to go on endlessly. It hurts even more when you put on shoes, making it almost impossible to bear. What causes this terrible disorder that tortures its victims so much?
The factors associated with gout
Gout used to be considered a disorder occurring only in kings and nobles in ancient times because only those who ate well would get it. Research reveals that people who suffer from gout exceed the standard weight by 17.8 percent on average. They are not only more vulnerable to gout than people who are at a normal weight, but also develop it at an earlier age.
The incidence of gout in patients with hypertension is higher than that of normal people by 12-20 percent. In addition, hypertension is found in 25-50 percent of patients with gout. Therefore it is inferred that gout is associated with hypertension. Some think that hypertension is an independent triggering factor of gout.
Drinking alcohol on a long-term basis can induce gout because it causes the level of uric acid in the blood to become elevated, which is closely associated with the onset of gout.
Males are more vulnerable to gout than females by 15 to 1.
5. Damage to the joints
Strenuous exercise might damage the joints, which might also induce gout.
6. Unhealthy lifestyles
If one leaves the joints unprotected from chilly air, gout might be induced when the weather is at lower temperatures. A diet high in protein, such as meat or seafood, might produce high levels of uric acid in the body. If one does not drink enough water to flush the system, gout might also be induced. An erratic lifestyle is the root of many diseases.
Things to remember for patients with gout
1. Drink water frequently to remove the uric acid in the body.
2. Stay away from alcohol, which is closely associated with gout.
3. Keep a regular schedule of daily activities to prevent the chance of flare-ups.
4. Control body weight. Refrain from eating meat broth. Eat small amounts of meat and seafood.
5. Protect the joints and keep them warm.
Translated by Audrey Wang