In the span of the past 20 years, the gout cases have increased to more than double among women alone. The statistics today stands at 2 million women and 6 million men in the US who are suffering from this inflammatory gout disease.
A Ticking Bomb
A gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that occurs as a result of high levels of uric acid building up in the blood. This causes the formation of needles like protrusions at the joints. It causes excessive pain, swelling, and redness. The Female hormone, called Estrogen protects women from the excess flooding of uric acid in the bloodstream and promotes the removal of it via passing urine. The equation however changes when the body ceases to produce estrogen. This happens when women reach their menopausal age. After which the uric acid levels in the blood slowly yet steadily increases. The clock begins to tick for women when they hit their age of menopause.
It is due to the same reason that we rarely see or hear about premenopausal women or women on estrogen replacement therapy being affected by gout. When hitting the age of 60, the risk factors pile on and include the taking of diuretics or a history of kidney problems.
Not Limited To Gout
Women with gout were more likely than men to have other conditions which include the likes of high blood pressure, kidney diseases, obesity, and diabetes. There is startling research that has shown that women who take diuretics are more at risk, while men on the other hand dietary triggers.
Treating Gout Is Taking Care Of Overall Health
The way to treat this particular disease is to practice a healthy dietary routine, and stay clear of foods and lifestyles that escalate and increase the content of Uric acid in the blood. High levels of uric acid can increase inflammation. Additionally, it can also cause the blood platelets to get stickier. This also causes an increased risk of heart attacks and kidney health. Uric acid lowering medications are effective, and when this is prescribed in combination to eating a low-purine diet will help give a fighting chance in combating gout. Taking care and lowering your intake of alcohol, especially beer is the need of the hour.
Gout is a genetic disease; the body’s ability to flush out the uric acid efficiently. However, sticking to a strict diet that lowers and reverses uric acid levels, will help to prevent gout from getting worse. As they say “prevention is always better than cure”.