More than two sugar drinks double risk
Drinking orange juice, soda and other high sugary drinks could heighten the small risk of developing gout for middle-aged and elderly women according to a new study.
Gout a chronic and progressive disease resulting from an overabundance of uric acid that advances to the forming of crystals of the urate which deposit in tissues of the body and especially in the joints. Gout is listed as a painful form of arthritis.
In the study women who had consumed to or more servings of high sugary beverages each day, the risk of gout had doubled in comparison to women who had consumed sugar packed sodas and juices less than once a month.
Gout is usually rare in women, the beverages however, more than likely had added a moderate risk to women who had consumed the sugary drinks. This is the very first study which associates soda and sweetened fruit juices to the risk of gout in women. Past research did find this association in men.
The Journal of the American Medical Association, will publish this study in their November 24th issue.
The study was presented Wednesday at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Rheumatology.
When the levels of uric acid in the blood becomes too high gout occurs. The uric acid crystallizes around the joints producing inflammation, swelling and pain. Consumption of certain foods such as organ meats like kidney and liver can increase the levels along with foods such as asparagus and mushrooms according to the Mayo Clinic. Fructose is also acknowledged blood uric acid levels according to the researchers.
Cases of gout double with the last two decades
Even though gout is not common in the United States, the presence of gout cases has more than doubled within the last twenty years. In America 1977 there were 16 cases out of 100,000 Americans. In 1996 cases more than doubled to 42 Americans out of 100,000. During this time span researchers observed the populace consumed increasing amounts of soda and other beverages sweetened with fructose.
In this study 78,906 women were observed for twenty-two years starting in 1984 and ending in 2006, in part of the Nurse’s Health Study. At the start of the study no woman had gout but by the end 778 women had developed the disease.
Women who had consumed one serving of soda each day had 1.74 times greater the chance to develop gout than women who had consumed less than one per month. In women who had consumed two or more servings each day had a increased chance of 2.4 to develop gout.
The consumption of two or more servings each day had produced an additional 68 cases of gout per 100,000 women each year in comparison to less than one soda serving each month according to researchers.
The consumption of orange juice also had increased the risk. Women who had consumed one glass of orange juice each day had a 1.41 greater chance of developing gout, those who consumed two or more glasses a day had an increased risk at 2.4 greater chance in developing gout.
Diet and Lifestyle
The increase of gout cases is most likely from alterations in lifestyle and diet along with increased conditions related to gout such as metabolic syndrome. According to Dr. Hyon K. Choi from the Boston University School of Medicine and one of the researchers.
The findings were still maintained after researchers had taken into consideration elements that could have influenced the results like age, body mass index and if a woman went through menopause.
The results of the study advocates that diets for the prevention of gout should include reducing fructose consumption according to the studies researchers.
The National Institutes of Health had provided the funding for this study.
Currently there are five million persons in the United States today who have gout. It is nine times more common in men than women but women can still get gout. In women it usually shows after menopause.
Other risk factors of gout
In addition to uric acid other risk factors for the development of gout exist. Risk factors include obesity, moderate to heavy alcohol consumption, high blood pressure. Certain medications such as Dyazide and low doses of aspirin and niacin can also add to the risk factors. Even low thyroid hormone levels can contribute.
Signs and symptoms
The small joint at the base of toe is the most usual site for acute gout attack of arthritis. Other joints which are usually affected include knees, writs, fingers, elbows and ankles. Acute gout attacks are noted by quick onset of pain in the affected joint followed by warmth, swelling reddish discoloration and noticeable tenderness. Painful attacks usually last a few hours or days with or without medications. In rare occasions it can endure for months. Most patients with gout have repeated attacks of arthritis for years.
Conventional gout treatments
These treatments consist of medications to reduce inflammation. Maintaining adequate fluid intake, proper weight, dietary changes and medications to decrease uric acid levels in the blood.
Many persons today have discovered that alternative treatments work better for gout than conventional ones. Mainly due to severe side effects and medications cannot be taken for periods of long time. Many persons have found these alternative treatments are far more effective than conventional ones.
Some alternative treatments:
Dietary changes can be beneficial in the treatment of gout.
Limit consumption of refined sugars, alcohol, sucrose and fructose, nutritional yeast and brewers yeast, these can raise uric acid levels.
Food which are great to help in the prevention of gout attacks include:
Cherries: black, sweet yellow or red sour cherries does not matter these are all effective. Studies have shown that cherry juice is an effective treatment for pain and inflammation of gout. Blueberries and red berries are also believed to provide benefits.
Coffee: Studies have shown a link between gout and coffee consumption of regular or decaff can lower uric acid levels.
Other foods include: vegetables and fruit juices that are non-citrus. Celery, tomatoes, sea weed, bananas, green leafy vegetables.
Chronic pain which is most usually produced by tendon and ligament weakness or cartilage deterioration for alternative medicine treatment which is safest and most effective for repairing the tendons, ligaments and cartilage damage is chiropractic. Chiropractic care stimulates the body to repair itself.
Depending on the area of arthritis is dependent upon the chiropractic treatments used. In some cases such as arthritis affecting areas of low back, knees or shoulder manipulations may be used. Other therapies can include nutritional advice, cryotherapy (ice packs) for local pain and inflammation and exercises.
In some patients with gout acupuncture treatments has alleviated pain levels and provided management of their pain symptoms. It also has been noted to reduce frequency of gout attacks.
Some herbs have been found beneficial in the treatment of gout these include:
Devils Claw to reduce pain and inflammation.
Belladonna for intense pain that could produce throbbing and pain is worse by movement.
If you are unfamiliar with herbs it is best to seek the advice of a qualified herbalist.Sources:
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