Gout is an excruciating condition in which the damage revolves mainly around the foot and specifically around the big toe. It usually affects arthritis patients and it is the result of the formation of sodium urate crystals around the joint that goes further down the line into sharp and short needle-like particles that cause unbearable pain in the joints. Moreover, gout patients also have to endure a condition called hyperuricemia which happens when uric acid increases in the blood. But science, nevertheless, shows that not everyone with high uric acid content in the blood can go through gout. Additionally, when hyperuricemia turns into the chronic stage, it encourages uric crystals the pop up in the joints.
Gout targets everyone, but studies suggest that it specifically targets men over 30. The causes of having uric acid in the joints are numerous: some have to do with diet, genetics, alcohol, a high purine-rich protein diet, joint injuries, and even medications.
Diet is the primary perpetrator of gout. With that being said, the condition is set off by the high consumption of uric acid, which we can trace back to alcohol, meats, and seafood. Moreover, hydration can also be a major factor here. Thus drinking certain beverages like coffee, tea, and alcohol will certainly prompt gout. In addition to that, medications like diuretics (for blood pressure) or medications that compromise kidneys can also spark gout off.
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