Managing Gout Before It Manages You

gout Oct 20, 2020

Gout is a complex form of arthritis, which can make it painful to walk or engage in everyday activities. The condition is generally associated with severe attacks of swelling, pain and tenderness, generally centralised around the base of the big toe. However, gout can occur in other joints of the body, like the knee and ankle joints.

Gout is a condition of affluence (having too much of something) and is triggered by the body breaking down purine into uric acid. Uric acid crystals form when excessive amounts of purine break down. Purine is found naturally in our body and our food.


So what food sources cause gout?

  1. Meat, poultry and fish. These food sources are high in purine, which can contribute to a build-up of uric acid crystals.
  2. Alcohol.
  3. Drinks sweetened with fructose (the sugar found in fruit). 


Are there other causes of gout? 

Yes, there are. The following factors can also trigger gout:

  1. Being overweight. Carrying extra weight causes the body to...
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