Gout And Aging Do Not Have To Be Connected 

Gout and aging, is there really any connection to this very painful form of arthritis?

The answer to this question could be a yes for several reasons, as well as no, according to the vast majority in the medical community.

However, as we all begin to get older and past the 55 year old mark, if we have ever suffered from it, we would say yes there is a connection.

But before we are too quick to say no, it may be important to really understand what these increased levels of uric acid can and will do to us.

Gout and Aging Primary Targets

Gout and aging possible connections begin with what this condition actually is and who it’s primary targets are.

As we get older, we begin to fall into certain classifications of several different conditions, and this form of arthritis is no different.

Here are the major risk factor groupings. 

  • Diets high in red meat, seafood, or fructose sugars
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Obesity and sedentary lifestyles
  • Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, as well as kidney diseases
  • Certain medications
  • Any types of recent surgery

It has been known for several years that red meat, seafood, and high sugar intake from any type of beverage that is sweetened with fructose, raises our uric acid levels.

If we are overweight and do not move around a lot, two things begin to happen.

Not only will our body produce higher levels of uric acid, out kidneys will not eliminate it like it once used to.

However, gout and aging possible connections really begin to increase as we get older, as we take a lot more medications.

Take A Minute To Think About This

We also, simply because of the aging process, have more of the possible medical conditions that can trigger it, and we are much more likely to have a surgery of some type.

While this condition can and does affect any age group, step back and think about it.

As we all get older, our diets tend to favor red meats and seafood as we can comfortably afford it and there are several other advantages to this type of diet.

The other risk factors that link it also fit the vast majority of us, and with each year we get even older, they increase.

However, while this form of arthritis is painful at any age, here are some other things elevated levels of uric acid can do to us.

  • High levels of uric acid increase the risk of heart disease in men by 39%
  • High levels increase the risk of heart disease in women by 35%

Again, if we have ever had this condition, we know all too well how painful it can be.

What It Does

The possible link between gout and aging continues with what it actually is and what it does.

  • It is a very sudden attack of severe pain
  • It causes redness in our affected joints
  • It causes extreme tenderness to the point we can’t even touch it
  • It affects most of us initially while sleeping
  • It will feel literally like the affected area is “on fire”

Again, if we have ever been attacked, we fully understand that even the weight of a very thin sheet can be absolutely intolerable.

Here is more on the possible links and why this is happening.

  • Urate crystals have begun to form on our joints
  • They form because of high levels of uric acid
  • Once formed, they cause inflammation
  • Once inflamed, intense pain occurs

There is however, some potential confusion about uric acid; it is not all bad.

Our body produces uric acid regularly in our body when we eat any type of food.

When our system breaks down what is referred to as “purines” the production of uric acid occurs.

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They Are Actually Very Powerful Antioxidants

If the levels are consistent, they are actually extremely helpful natural antioxidants that protect us against foreign attacks.

They are also very easily dissolved by our blood and then pass quickly though our kidneys. Once there, they are dispelled though urination.

There are still some possible connections with gout and aging and they include the following.

  • The reoccurring form or type
  • The advanced form
  • Kidney stones

There are several people, even in our age group, that will be attacked with this form of arthritis and it can go just as fast as it hit us.

It will be the first and last time we ever experience it.

However, as we get older and we begin to fit all into most of the risk factors, it will not go away and may even go to the advanced form.

The advanced form is where the connection with gout and aging becomes very dangerous, for several reasons.

Once It Advances

Once advanced, the deposits of urate crystals will travel beneath our skin and develop into nodules.

They are called Tophi, and can affect our hands, feet, our heels, as well as our elbows. While they are not nearly as painful, they will still be swollen and quite tender.

The last thing we need at our age is kidney stones, which can also develop from this form of arthritis, and are extremely painful.

So what can we do, especially as we get older, to fight back against the possible connections with gout and aging.

Here are some things that may help.

  • Eat a lot of vegetable that are high in purine—very important
  • Be very selective with meats and sea foods
  • Slow down alcohol consumption—especially beer
  • Take vitamin C in a powder form
  • Eat Cherries

There are actually some sources on the internet that suggest not eating vegetables or fruits.

Must Be High In Purine

However, the key is selecting those that are high in purine.

Cherries have the highest purine content of any fruit and the vegetables include asparagus, peas, and mushrooms.

Spinach, cauliflower, as we as beans are also very high in purine, and they will help offset any potential of our uric acid levels increasing.

If you avoid any type of organ red meat like liver and kidney, you should also have no issues with red meat.

Seafood high in purines includes oysters, trout, mackerel and tuna. Sardines, Herring, and mussels, also have very high levels.

The last connection with the possible link with gout and aging is alcohol.

Alcohol metabolism in or body is believed to increase the uric acid levels especially beer, because of the yeast that is used.

Mixed drinks may also trigger it, but there is very little evidence that wine has any affect.

References

http://www.renalandurologynews.com/hyperuricemia/high-uric-acid-levels-up-death-risk-in-the-elderly/article/443698/

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