More New Ways to Prevent Gout

Gout or called arthritis is a very painful condition. The disease usually appears in midlife and primarily in males. The main symptom of gout is severe pain and swelling in joints, but gout usually effects one joint at a time, then may move from one joint to affect another joint.

Prevention is better than cure. Recently, scientists have found more new ways to prevent this paintful disease by diet.

Vitamin C, a good preventer

According to a report of US scientists, men with higher vitamin C intake appear less likely to develop gout, a painful type of arthritis.  The scientists note that vitamin C appears to reduce levels of uric acid in the blood. A buildup of this naturally occurring compound can form crystal deposits in and around joints, leading to the pain, inflammation and swelling associated with gout.

Vitamin C may have an effect on reabsorption of uric acid by the kidneys, increasing the speed at which the kidneys work or protect against inflammation and thus reducing gout risk.

The scientists also suggest vitamin C intake may provide a useful option in the prevention of gout.

Sugary drinks blamed for gout

UK experts advised those with gout should cut out sugary drinks. According to them, sugary drinks have been blamed for a surge in cases of the painful joint disease gout. Cases in the US have doubled in recent decades and fructose, a type of sugar, seems may be to blame.

Men who consume two or more sugary soft drinks a day have an 85% higher risk of gout compared with those who drink less than one a month, a study suggests.

The researchers said diet soft drinks did not increase the risk of gout but fruit juice and fructose rich fruits (apples and oranges) were associated with a higher risk,


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