What Causes Gout?

This question is being asked more and more nowadays and more and more people are being afflicted by gout.  Even though the causes of gout are simple, they are also complex.  People are affected in different ways.  Apart from the actual pain that gout causes, it also brings problems into your life.  For example, you find it difficult to get around, you can’t get to work, you can’t drive, and so on.  If gout is not treated correctly, you could end up with serious joint damage.

Adult men, particularly between the ages of 40 and 50, are more likely to develop gout than women.  However, for those women that do experience gout, it is more often after menopause or other medical conditions, such as high blood pressure which can cause kidney problems.  Gout very rarely affects children or young adults. Let’s have a look at exactly what causes gout.

The symptoms of gout are brought on by uric acid crystals that have deposited themselves in your joints and tendons.  These crystals are extremely sharp in nature and cause inflammation, swelling, redness, heat, and of course excruciating pain.

The crystals are formed from excess uric acid in the bloodstream.  Uric acid is formed from chemical compounds being broken down, which are called purines.  These naturally exist in our body’s cells and in many of the foods that we consume.  Purines perform many duties in our bodies, two of which are to convert the food that we eat into energy and genes to protein.  Therefore, they are vital to the human body.

When these pruines undertake their natural duties and break down, the uric acid that is formed is managed at normal healthy levels by our kidneys, the excess being flushed out of our bodies via urine.

However, unfortunate for some, the kidneys are sometimes unable to do this efficiently, which results in having too much uric acid in the bloodstream.  This can lead to gout symptoms.  Therefore, it could be said that purines are one of the causes of gout because they produce uric acid.

Avoiding foods that are high in purines is one way in which you can alleviate gout pain.  Less purines means less uric acid and a better chance of relieving gout.

The various foods to avoid include:
•    Anchovies
•    Asparagus
•    Beans
•    Cauliflower
•    Herring
•    Lentils
•    Mackerel
•    Mushrooms
•    Offal
•    Peas
•    Poultry
•    Red meat
•    Roe
•    Sardines
•    Shellfish
•    And most importantly alcohol

However, after saying that, purines are not the only causes of gout.  There are many other things to consider when trying to establish a real remedy to prevent your excruciating gout returning time and time again.

Other causes of gout are heredity.  Regularly eating foods that are rich in protein and carbohydrates can also cause gout, as well as a lack of proper exercise, and stress.

Eliminating the pain on one occasion is not enough.  Treating the root cause of gout is necessary, not just the symptoms.  It is important to seek a remedy that not only takes away the pain, but that will also prevent your gout from returning.  There is no question that this will take a great deal of work on your part, but it will be well worth it if you can find a remedy that brings long lasting relief.