GOUT is a very common problem and experienced by many people today. In fact, people are still relatively young may possibly have gout. Actually, what kind of disease is the gout? What are the symptoms, causes, and solutions of the gout? As well as what foods become taboo? Here we will discuss it.

The meaning of uric acid is a purine metabolic waste substances from the food we eat. It is also a byproduct of the breakdown of cells in the blood.

Purine itself is a substance contained in any food that comes from living bodies. In other words, in the living body there is this purine substances, and because we eat living things, then moves into purine substance in our bodies. A variety of vegetables and fruits also contained purine. Purine also resulted from the destruction of body cells that occurs normally or because of certain diseases.

Normally, uric acid will be released in the body through the stool (feces) and urine, but because the kidneys are unable to remove uric acid that is causing rising levels in the body. Another thing that can increase uric acid levels is that we consume too many foods that contain a lot of purines. Excess uric acid will then accumulate in the joints causing pain or swelling.

Patients with gout can be treated with appropriate treatments so that the levels of uric acid in the body back to normal. But because the body there is the potential buildup of uric acid, it is recommended to control food intake so as to avoid foods that contain lots of purines.

Brief Conclusion about Gout

Gout Symptoms

  • Tingling and pains
  • Pain, especially at night or early morning upon wake up
  • Visible swelling, redness, heat, and incredible pain at night and early morning at the affected joint

Gout Solutions

  • Medications: Take medication till the uric acid levels returned to normal. Levels of normal is 2.4 to 6 for women and 3.0 to 7 for men.
  • Diet: Control of the food intake
  • Drink plenty of water: With lots of drinking water, we can help get rid of purines in the body.

Food to Avoid (contains many purine)

  • Seafood: shrimp, scallops, squid, crab.
  • Canned Food: corned beef and sardines.
  • Beans such as soybeans (including processed products such as tempeh, tauco, oncom, soy milk), peanuts, green beans, bean sprouts.
  • Vegetables such as spinach,  cassava leaves, asparagus, cauliflower, green beans.
  • Red wine, Red Meat
Dr Kevin Yip, Senior Orthopaedic Consultant
Gleneagles Medical Centre
Tel: (65) 64762106
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