Causes of gout
Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. The acid can cause sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth and swelling.
Gout is a painful joint disease that usually affects the big toe in most people. This is due to an excess of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is produced by the breakdown of chemicals called purines, which can cause high levels of uric acid and cause many problems, such as inflammation of the joints and kidney stones. Normally, uric acid dissolves in the blood and passes through the kidneys to the urine. If this is not the case, urea can accumulate in the body, depositing crystals and causing gout.
Some genetic disorders affect the degradation of uric acid and also cause its accumulation. Other causes include exposure to lead, foods rich in animal proteins, certain medications, obesity, excessive alcohol or pure foods. Some foods that cause gout are the flesh of organs such as the liver, brain and kidneys. Other foods include herring, anchovies, peas and dried beans. Alcohol affects the excretion of uric acid, especially if it is taken in excess. Drinking alcohol of any type can trigger a gout attack because it decreases the kidneys’ ability to filter uric acid and can result in a build-up.
High fructose corn syrup is a culprit in raising uric acid levels and increasing gout risk. Several 12-ounce servings of regular soda have been shown to increase uric acid in both men and women.It’s also worth noting that high fructose corn syrup can be found in many fruit drinks, store-bought baked goods, ice cream, candy, processed fast food, breakfast cereals, and other items, so read labels carefully to spare yourself gout pain.
Hot weather resulting in extra fluid loss from the body can be another cause of gout. Becoming dehydrated is another cause of gout. Drinking sufficient water all the time is key to avert the risk of gout.
People who have had organ transplants are prone to gout. Patients who take several medications should consult their doctor to find out if there is an interaction between medications and if an alternative medicine can help. Taking diuretics reduces the kidney’s ability to remove uric acid and hence risk factor for developing gout.
Caffeine in general protects you from gout because of its chemical structure like other gout medication. However increased level of caffeine intake can cause gout pain. Sudden increase in caffeine increases gout symptoms to larger extent.