Posted on 01/10/2012

Could Gout be making a come back?


Gout – an illness normally associated with banqueting royals such as Henry VIII (a reported sufferer) has reportedly doubled over the past decade.

Caused by over-indulging and too little exercise, the causes have remained the same for hundreds of years but with the promotion of healthy diets and exercise on constant replay, how have cases doubled in the last decade?

A type of arthritis, gout is the medical name given to the development of crystals made up of uric acid both in and around the joints. A painful condition it results from the build-up of uric acid in the bloodstream and occurs when the kidneys cannot clear it out quickly enough – often the cause of a rich diet and excessive alcohol consumption.

The research carried out in Australia looked at how common the disease was in New Zealand compared to England covering an entire decade from 1999 to 2009.

The shocking results found that in the UK, emergency admissions almost doubled, rising from 1,875 to 3,496 with an annual increase of approximately 7.2%. New Zealand experienced a 5.5% increase per year according to the study which was published in the journal of Rheumatology.

“Essentially, gout is increasing because of bad habits” said Anthony James, professor or neuro-rheumatology at Manchester University. “We drink too much, eat the wrong food, do little exercise and are overweight.”

So what can be done to prevent the condition making a dramatic come back? Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is essential for avoiding not only gout, but a plethora of other conditions linked with poor nutrition and low activity. The government recommend just 30 minutes of exercise, 5 days a week to help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

For those already suffering from gout however, a recently published article suggests that eating cherries or drinking cherry juice can help to reduce gout attacks.

NRS provide a range of daily living aids and mobility aids for patients who find it hard to get out and about. With a range dedicated to bariatric care equipment, we have everything you need to care for those suffering with conditions such as gout, helping to make life easier.

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