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Keep Gout In Check

Keep Gout In Check

Swollen digits that often signal a gout attack are an ever-increasing menace. Overall prevalence of gout in North America has jumped two- to four-fold in the past 40 years. Around 8.3 million folks have the condition and as more people are diagnosed with metabolic syndrome (three or more of these five conditions: high triglycerides, a large waist size, low healthy HDL cholesterol, high blood sugar and high blood pressure), the number of cases will skyrocket. One study showed 63% of folks with gout also had metabolic syndrome while only around 25% of folks without gout had it.

Although it’s a form of arthritis, gout is also associated with an increased risk of hypertension, cardiovascular and heart disease. Eating high-purine foods such as red meats and shellfish, being overweight and drinking too much can contribute to developing gout and triggering attacks.

You can help prevent gout by keeping blood pressure and blood lipid levels in check; avoiding most saturated and all trans fats, processed carbs, added sugars and syrups; walking 10,000 steps a day (1 minute of aerobic activity = 100 steps); and de-stressing with 10 minutes of mindful meditation daily.

Medically reviewed in March 2020.

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