This is for my family and friends, you know who you are 😉 This article on GOUT is well worth a read..10 minutes of your time and you could be pain free or at least know how to manage it without popping the pills!
What is gout?
Gout, contrary to popular belief, does not just affect old men who drink too much port. The actual condition is caused by crystals of uric acid depositing themselves into the tissues of the body.
When the condition is chronic, hard lumps of uric acid are deposited in and around the joints – these lumps can also lodge in the kidneys leading to decreased kidney function and kidney stones.
It can be hereditary – an inherited abnormality in the body’s ability to process uric acid. We all produce Uric acid, which is a by-product of purines, which are present in most of the foods that we eat.
Which part of the body does gout normally affect?
The inability to process uric acid becomes gout when one of the joints is affected. It is usually in the foot and particularly the big toe. But other joints can be affected…
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