How to get the pain of a gout attack under control
Many people suffer from recurrent attacks of tender, hot, red, and swollen joints. PakTimes.Com collected some tips that can help you ease the pain of a gout attack.
What is gout?
Gout is a joint inflammation (usually, in the big toe) which is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. The pain that the person experiences is excruciating. Take a closer look at your lifestyle, the reason why you have the attacks in the first place could be hiding there.
1. Change your diet
You know what? Gout is “disease of kings” or the “rich man’s disease.” This is because seafood and red meat (foods that only wealthy people could afford) contain a lot of purines a group of chemicals whose by product is uric acid, after breaking down in the body. Cutting down the consumption of alcohol, especially beer and fructose sweetened drinks will also help you prevent the attacks.
2. Get rid of excessive weight
Excessive weight is one of the biggest reason of gout. You should try to control your weight. High levels of insulin slow down the elimination of the uric acid that causes gout. Also, a 2015 study proved that people who are not obese but have high levels of visceral fat are more likely to develop gout than people who have less belly fat. So, losing some weight can help you get the pain under control.
3. Check your family history
Gout is partially a genetic disease, so if someone in your family had it, be aware that you might get it too. Unfortunately you can’t do anything about this part of the disease except watch yourself closely. You can also be at risk if you: