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Gout website launched

15th November 2006

01052006_malefemaleinternet1.jpgYou may think that gout died out with Ben Franklin, but millions of people around the world suffer from this very painful type of inflammatory arthritis, and a non-profit gout education group is launching a website to help them.

The site, at http://www.gouteducation.org is intended to help gout sufferers enhance their understanding of the disease and its treatments, embrace lifestyle modifications and, ideally, restore some control and spontaneity to their lives.

It provides information on risk factors and triggers of gout, diagnosis, lifestyle and diet adjustments and treatments to manage the disease, and will be continually updated.

The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society is headed by N. Lawrence Edwards, vice-chair of the department of medicine at the University of Florida.

Gout is the most common type of inflammatory arthritis in men over 40. Women typically do not suffer from gout until after menopause. It is also one of the most painful forms of arthritis -- often compared by gout sufferers as a pain level equivalent to childbirth or the fracture of long bones.

Gout is caused by an accumulation of sodium urate crystals in the joints. These crystals form when there is an abnormally high level of uric acid, which is normally present in the body in small amounts as a natural by-product of metabolic processes.

But if more uric acid is produced than the kidneys can eliminate, it begins to crystallize in joints.

Following a first attack of gout, approximately 60 percent of patients will experience another attack within the first year and 78 percent within the next two years. If gout is left untreated it can lead to permanent joint damage and chronic pain.



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Sunday 19th November 2006 @ 1:23

I am looking for more information to help me adapt to a cleaner diet. Can anyone provide info?


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