Gout 2Thursday, August 08, 2013
Hippocrates described gout as the unwalkable disease, and if you have ever had a gout attack you can understand why. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some myths and facts about gout in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Gout is caused by the accumulation of too much uric acid in the body, either from too much production or not enough elimination.
Here are some truths and myths about gout.
My doctor can diagnose gout by a simple blood test of uric acid: MythThere are really three ways to diagnose gout. The best involves taking a sample of joint fluid from the affected joint during an attack and looking for gout crystals through a special microscope.
If I simply change my diet my gout will go away: MythMost of the uric acid in your body does not come from what you eat or drink, and eliminating foods that increase uric acid would only lower your blood uric acid by a very small amount.
Having an elevated blood uric acid or gout is associated with other diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease: Fact
Cherries, cherry extract or juice can help reduce gout attacks: Fact
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.