This guest post comes from Gale Tern, author, alternative health proponent, and blogger at Arthritis Pain Central.
Gout is usually thought of as the big toe disease since one of its most common symptoms is acute pain in the big toe. Gout is actually a type of arthritis. Here is how the National Institutes of Health defines gout: “Gout is a painful condition that occurs when the bodily waste product uric acid is deposited as needle-like crystals in the joints and/or soft tissues. In the joints, these uric acid crystals cause inflammatory arthritis, which in turn leads to intermittent swelling, redness, heat, pain, and stiffness in the joints.”
What Causes Gout?
The major risk factors for gout are:
- Family history. Genetics seems to play a role. If your parents or grandparents suffered from this disease there is a high likelihood that you will as well.
- Weight. Being overweight also increases the risk of developing gout. Some researchers suggest that due to having more tissue mass that can breakdown inherently leads to even greater production of uric acid.
Not everyone knows what gout is. But if you’ve had it, there’s no chance of that. Gout is a type of arthritis that usually occurs in the feet or toes. High consumption of alcohol and rich foods can put you at risk. It’s extremely painful, so it’s a good idea to figure out how you can avoid it. Coffee drinkers can rejoice. Adding to the positive side of the positive/negative debate over everyone’s favorite morning eye opener, drinkers of joe may have less of a chance of developing the ugly condition of gout. Researchers found that those who drank four or more coffees a day were more likely to have a much lower uric acid level in the blood. The gout pains happen when uric acid crystallizes out of the blood into the joints.