If you’re concerned about gouty arthritis, knowing more about it can help you identify and manage your risks. Who does gout affect? Anyone, actually—though men between 40 and 50 are the most likely victims. In women it will typically develop after menopause. Receiving an organ transplant or having a family history of the disorder increases your risk as well. If you are overweight, struggle with high blood pressure or cholesterol, live with diabetes, or have circulatory problems, you also have higher odds for developing it.
Diet can play a role as well. Certain foods and drinks that are high in purines (a protein that produce the uric acid that causes gout pain) may increase your risk for a painful attack. Alcohol, red meats, turkey, corn syrup, and excess sugar all have high purine levels, and so need to be consumed in moderation or avoided altogether. If you’re concerned about your risks for gout, or have already suffered from gouty pain, let Parker foot & Ankle know. We can help you control your joint discomfort. Send us a request online or call (281) 497-2850 to reach our Houston office.