Overeating and drinking in excess can trigger gout, according to the specialists, thanks to a new study. The doctors recommend people to maintain a diet as balanced as possible and, if they already present any gout symptoms, to go to the doctor as early as possible to treat the condition.
Gout is a rheumatic disease that causes pain and inflammation in the joints due to the accumulation of uric acid in the tissues and usually affects the farthest parts of the body since they are the coldest areas. For this reason, the foot is the most damaged limb by gout.
As warned by the specialists, the treatment of gout has two parts, consisting of treating and preventing the attack and lowering the levels of uric acid in the blood to avoid its deposit in the joints, which is done with a balanced diet.
Overeating And Drinking In Excess Might Trigger Gout
Foods that, in large quantities, can cause gout are red meat, sausages, seafood, or cured cheese. Vegetables include tomatoes, asparagus, spinach, and peppers, as well as sugary drinks and salt, are other potential factors for gout. Also, excess alcohol drinking is another cause of gout.
Not taking into account the doctors’ recommendations makes the volume of health care for people suffering from this condition grow during the winter season when, due to holidays, people tend to consume more food and drink in excess.
Gout can cause physical limitation in its periods of crisis and cause premature mortality if not treated properly. According to data from a recent study, about 2.5 percent of the population over the age of 18 suffer from this rheumatic condition. Gout may also be caused by a failure in the renal elimination of uric acid. Therefore, maintaining healthy lifestyle habits and prompt specialized medical evaluation could be useful for the prevention and treatment of the disease.
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