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This site is an offshoot of our nutrition blog which may have led you to here.

All of the content appearing here was originally featured in that blog but we decided to move this particular subject to its own site owing to the general nature and relatedness of its content. The idea is that one can get a basic understanding of all the major lifestyle diseases from the comfort of one place.

We adapted most of the content appearing in this site from various textbooks and online sources with the ultimate goal of making the concepts as easily understandable as possible to the general population. We hope that you'll find this resource helpful in achieving a healthy lifestyle for yourself and family. 

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Kelvin Muriuki

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What is Gout? Gout is a type of arthritis that affects mostly men. Arthritis is a general term for inflammation of joints which causes them to be painful and swollen and can be caused by different factors. Gout was historically referred to as "a disease of the kings" or "the rich man' s disease" due to the expensive diet (meat and lots of alcohol) that was associated with it.

What causes gout? Gout is caused by accumulation of uric acid in the body. This leads to deposition of uric acid crystals inside and around the joints causing severe pain and swelling.
The uric acid we refer to is formed when substances called purines are broken down by your body. Purines are made by our bodies but can also be found in our diet especially in meats and sea foods. Ideally the kidney removes this uric acid, however if you’re producing very high amounts or if the kidney is not functioning well, the uric acid accumulates in the body leading to deposition of the crystals.

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How to manage and prevent gout? For successful gout management you should first see a doctor. Adjusting one’s diet and lifestyle can also help to reduce and prevent gout attacks. This can be done by:

1. Losing Weight Achieving a healthy weight reduces the uric acid in body and the number of gout attacks. It also relieves your joints by reducing the stress from having too much weight. When losing weight however, it’s good to have a gradual weight loss. Rapid weight loss increases uric acid levels in the body and can cause you gout attacks. Avoid crash diets, starvation diets, high protein or low carbohydrate diets and stick to losing weight by eating a balanced diet.

2. Diet Uric acid is formed when purine found in food is broken down. If you’ve gout, you should avoid or reduce intake of foods high in purine. This include:
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