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Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is sometimes called gouty arthritis. It develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. That acid can form needle like crystals in a joint and cause sudden, severe episodes of pain, tenderness, redness, warmth, and swelling.
The underlying cause of gout is different from those things that trigger a gout attack. Gout is the result of excess uric acid in the body, a condition called hyperuricemia. Uric acid is a substance that normally forms when the body breaks down purines, which are found in human cells and in many foods. Lifestyle factors, such as a diet high in certain high-purine foods, obesity and excessive alcohol use, especially beer, can contribute to the development of gout.
The most common site for a first gout attack is the large joint of the big toe, although it may appear in another low-body joint such as the ankle or knee. Gout usually affects one joint at a time, but if left untreated it can affect many joints. Typically what happens is the joint will become swollen and tender causing pain to this area.
New research has shown that the number of people with gout is growing. It occurs in about 4 percent of American adults. This translates to about 8 million individuals – 6 million men and 2 million women. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diets high in red meat and shellfish also increase the risk of getting gout.
At Accurate Clinical Research we are enrolling gout patients into various clinical programs in search for a new treatment. If you are looking for other options or want to help future generations, today is the perfect day to volunteer. Enroll today for tomorrow’s future.
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