Gout is a disease that affects many people. It is caused by a buildup of excess uric acid in the body. This excess uric acid is deposited into the joints of the body and crystallizes. As it builds up it can cause painful joints similar in symptoms to arthritis. There can be a burning sensation, swelling, hotness to touch, and even pain. The amount of pain can vary from person to person with some people not even being able to put clothing over the affected area because the pain is so intense.
Men are more likely to contract gout than women. This disease can affect men at any time after puberty. Most cases in men do not occur until much later in life, though. Women can also be affected with gout at anytime, but run a higher risk after menopause. This disease is often common in people that have had problem with kidney stones. Once diagnosed with the disease it is important to not only eliminate the disease but also work to prevent reoccurrences. Being overweight, consuming alcohol in excess, eating an unhealthy diet consisting mainly of fast foods and not drinking plenty of water can all add to increase risks for gout.
The main treatment for gout involves eliminating the excess uric acid from the body. Also it is important to treat the joints that are already infected. Once these two areas have been treated, the next step in treatment is changing behaviors and shifts from immediate need to prevention.
If you are overweight then you need to start an exercise program on a regular basis. While you might think that exercising is going to be difficult to maintain, it is not. Simply being able to walk for about 15 minutes, three times a week is a good start. You will also need to change your current eating habits. You need to eliminate foods that cause an increase in uric acid in the body. Foods such as organ meats, like kidneys and livers should not be consumed. Seafood like shrimp, crab and lobster can also cause high levels of uric acid in the body.