Before, men seemed to be the only victims of gout, but now gout is increasing in numbers in women - mostly those who have already reached menopause. Many people wonder if gout is caused by your diet or if it could be genetics.
So, is gout genetic? Well, studies show that one in four people with gout have a family history of the illness. Some families show that the enzyme that helps to break down purines in the body is missing.
Other causes of Gout
Gout is a disease the forms at the joints, causing lots of pain. Uric acid is what eats at the joints and causes gout, and uric acid is caused by kidney failure. The acid is usually purified from the body through urine, so when the kidneys aren't doing their job, uric acid levels increase and eat away at your joints.
It usually begins in the big toe. Diet does play a role in causing gout as well. By eating "gout foods" like seafood, alcohol and red/white meats, such as the following will induce your risk of getting gout.
- Pork, lamb and beef
- Scallops, oysters, mackerel, sardines and mussels (shellfishes)
- Organ meat like liver, kidney and heart
Other Foods I shouldn't eat
Foods you shouldn't consume are in the dairy family, such as high fat:
- Ice cream
Instead, you should replace these with low-fat and soy based foods. Even vegetables play a role in flaring up gout such as spinach, cauliflowers, peas, asparagus and mushrooms. High fat dairy products and some vegetables are no-no's because they have high amounts of purine, the chemical in the body that causes uric acids, which eats away the joints. Purine is rid from the body by the kidneys, so if they aren't working properly, your risk of getting gout is sufficiently high.
Genes and Gout
Many studies are being conducted to see how much of a role genetics play in people developing gout. Since a quarter of the population with gout has a family history of the sickness, it is likely that diet isn't the only factor that people need to watch out for. It is a good idea to find out as much as you can about your family's history of health, so that you can prepare and prevent diseases that are passed down to you.
Many scientists and researchers are beginning to believe that genes do play a huge role in the gout developments since many people seem to get it for no apparent reason. Sometimes eating the right foods isn't enough to fight your genes. Some chromosomes and enzymes aren't the way they are supposed to be, so your body is unable to prevent the development of gout. This can be passed down from generation to generation.
This too is said to be a genetic disease. Most people become obese because of their diets while others become obese for no reason at all, besides genetics that is. Obesity can play a role in the development of gout, whether it was genetic or not.
There are tons of medications out there that offer to help with gout flare ups, but with most great deals there's a catch. All of the side effects that are present in most of the medications just don't seem worth the risk. So going natural is always acceptable.