Some of the major gout causes are family related.
More than likely if you have suffered from a Gout attack
someone else in your family also has it or has suffered from it
at some stage in their lives, weather it was a grandfather of
a father or Mother, it can skip around a family tree quite
easily and also have been undetected or undiagnosed.
So Gout is re-known for being passed down genetically. But it
may take years for it to rear its ugly head and affect you.
One of the predominant gout causes is a bad diet.
A diet rich in Purines is a diet to agony and potentially
Death, couple this with excess drinking then you are on the
fast lane to gout hell.
Beer is one of the highest alcoholic beverages that contain
purines. Some studies have shown that Red wine is beneficial,
but for me it is number two on the alcohol enemy list. I have
had very bad gout from excess red wine. But this isn't to say
that you cannot have a drink or two just moderate all alcohol.
Sometimes Gout is triggered by drinking over a long period of
time and not in excess and the crystals just build up and then
release at blood saturation point.
The body has an abnormality to processing uric acid and then
flushing it out of the body via the kidneys.
When the Uric acid builds up to a certain level the blood is
saturated and is flooded with urate crystals which head out and
lodge into tissue areas in the extremeties.
Obesity is also a big factor, as an overweight person has
higher chances of attacks.
Coupled with high blood pressure and or a mixture of certain
medications can be a recipe for disaster.
Some people like myself can have gout get triggered off by an
accident to a limb etc.
I can stub my toe badly and more than likely I can get an
attack in the injured area.
A bone break or a huge knock to the knee or leg or elbow can
also be another trigger.
Some people who are on medication such as aspirin or Diuretics
can increase their chances if they are over weight or have a
purine rich diet.
Also sufferers of cancer drugs and treatments such as
chemotherapy can have their risk levels increased.
Other Causes of Gout can be related to :
Lead exposure from the enviroment
Thyroid gland problems such as hypothyroidism
Kelley-Seegmiller syndrome or Lesch-Nyhan syndrome ( an enzym that controls Uric acid levels )
Drugs that contain aspirin,niacin and auto-immune drugs such as
cyclosporine and finally nerve pathway drugs used for
Parkinsons disease such as Larodopa.
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In middle aged men high uric acid levels in the blood are a
high indicator of severe health problems that could lead to
death and are big indicator for various causes of Gout.
These levels could indicate cardiovascular disease and other
Uric acid is a breakdown product of nitrogen compounds which
are normally excreted in urination.
Uric acid can well be a Warning sign of damaged cells and the
swelling from Gout attacks can be a warning sign of an immune
These signs are the first stage warning signs for the sufferer
to seek medical advice as soon as possible.
Research has shown that men with medium to high uric acid
levels have an increased risk of death from Cardiovascular
disease of more than 2 times the average, compared to lower
uric acid level carriers. There is also 1.7 times more chance
the risk of death from any disease from any cause.
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