According to the World Health Organization, an unhealthy diet is one of the major risk factors for a range of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and other conditions that are linked to obesity. While there is limited research on possible direct links between diet and arthritis, there is
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Your immune system is like a home security system. When you suffer an injury or infection, it sets off an alarm—what we know as an inflammatory response—by sending immune cells to neutralize viruses, bacteria, and other intruders that breach your outer defenses, thereby protecting healthy cells and tissues from damage.
Gout, a form of arthritis, occurs when uric acid crystals are deposited in the joints. Uric acid forms when the body metabolizes substances called purines, which are found in a variety of foods. In further answering the question “What is gout?” we should describe the impact food can have.
Gout in foot, instep, and ankle areas is common, affecting up to 8 million Americans today. The condition has been recorded throughout history, affecting many famous people—the most notorious of whom was Henry VIII, renowned for his lavish diet of rich food and copious amounts of alcohol.
What is gout?
If you’re suffering from the pain and discomfort of gout, foods containing high levels of purine—among them organ meats and certain seafood—should be avoided. But what about foods that are safe to eat and might even help improve your condition?
Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in
For many people with arthritis, drug treatment is only part of their day-to-day disease management. Exercise, supplements, splints, assistive devices, dietary change, and alternative and thermal therapies offer patients the opportunity to take control of their arthritis and improve their quality of life.
The field of exercise and alternative therapies is
There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter we review the next-most-common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, septic
The pain of an acute gout attack, which often occurs in the early hours of the morning, can be so severe that even the weight of a blanket can be excruciatingly painful. It is among the most common and painful joint problems. Gout, a type of arthritis, is caused by
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends we eat two cups of fruit each day, and there is much evidence of the health benefits that can accrue if you follow this advice. A large six-year study (Age and Aging, Feb. 10) found that eating at least
Purines. Everybody has them, and nearly everyone consumes them. Purines are natural substances found in your body’s tissues and in a wide array of foods. Moreover, they’re the precursors to uric acid, which forms when your body metabolizes purines.
Just as a heart attack may result from high cholesterol and other