Yourwellness Magazine Follows Up New Gout Guidelines
Posted Sep 29 2013 3:00am
With an international panel of rheumatologists issuing new gout guidelines, Yourwellness Magazine explored how gout affects rheumatoid arthritis patients.
An international panel of rheumatologists have issued new gout guidelines aimed at improving patient care across the globe, it was announced on August 9th. The panel of experts from 14 countries came up with ten key recommendations, which emphasise diagnosis, screening for comorbidities, the treatment of chronic and acute forms of the disease, lifestyle interventions and treatment choices. Co-author Mihir Wechalekar, a rheumatologist from the Royal Adelaide Hospital, commented, “Despite the publication of several gout guidelines over the past few years, suboptimal treatment of gout is not uncommon. These guidelines integrate evidence and expert opinion and are recommended for specialists and GPs who are involved in the management of gout.” (http://www.rheumatologyupdate.com.au/latest-news/gout-guidelines-address-suboptimal-care)
With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored how gout affects sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). According to Yourwellness Magazine, “Gout is an inflammatory disorder of the joints very similar to but not the same as, rheumatoid arthritis. One of the main causes of gout is obesity which has led to its rise with the obesity epidemic. It was a condition which you’d expect to get as you got older but it hasn’t been common for a very long time. It’s caused when uric acid builds up in the body, either because the body can’t flush it out as easily or because it’s producing too much. This acid forms crystals which build up in the joints and cause inflammation and massive amounts of pain and discomfort.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2013/01/youve-got-gout-bad-news-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients/#sthash.rK9QvnL1.dpuf)
Yourwellness Magazine noted that while it used to be believed that RA sufferers couldn’t also be afflicted by gout, now it is known that gouty symptoms are just hidden by their arthritis. Yourwellness Magazine explained that being overweight aggravates both of these conditions because individuals are putting much more strain on joints which are already inflamed. This strain eventually breaks down the cushioning between joints, called cartilage. Without cartilage symptoms of both rheumatoid arthritis and gout can get a lot worse. Yourwellness Magazine therefore advised weight control for RA patients.