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Rheumatologists, Uric Acid and Gout

Posted Nov 21 2008 8:41pm

Gout (also called metabolic arthritis ) is a disease created by a buildup of uric acid. In this condition, monosodium urate or uric acid crystals are deposited on the articular cartilage of joints, tendons and surrounding tissues due to elevated concentrations of uric acid in the blood stream. This provokes an inflammatory reaction of these tissues.

A  rheumatologist can diagnose gout and give you guidelines for dealing with the symptoms and how to improve your diet. The serum level of uric acid is the primary risk factor for gout. A diet low in purines reduces the serum level of uric acid, unless these levels are caused by other health conditions and not as responsive to dietary changes.

There are lots of good suggestions online, but as always, check with your personal care physician.

Drinking alcohol can increase your risk of developing gout and can bring on a sudden attack if you are already a gout sufferer. D rinking fluids reduces the likelihood of crystals forming in the kidneys. As a general rule, drinking 8–10 glasses of fluids a day (1–1.5 litres) is recommended. All drinks, except alcohol, count towards your fluid intake, including caffeine containingdrinks such as tea, coffee and cola.

 Dr. Dominic Gaziano - Dr. G 
                The Feel Good Health Guy /  Health & Wellness Expert 


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