Gouty arthritis is a common cause of sudden painful, hot, red, swollen joints, especially in the legs. Gouty arthritis is the most common cause of inflammatory arthritis in men over the age of 40 years. This eventually diagnosed by detecting uric acid (sodium urate) crystals in joint fluid. These uric acid crystals can be for many years in the joint tissue and accumulates around the joints, sometimes launching repeated attacks of inflammation. Repeated "attacks" of gouty arthritis can lead to joint damage and lead to chronic arthritis. It is deposited by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood which crystallize in the joints, tendons and surrounding tissue damage. What causes gout? Uric acid is formed to be broken when the body tissues in normal cell turnover. Some people with gout generate too much uric acid (10%). Other people with gout do not effectively address their uric acid in the urine (90%). Genetics, gender and nutrition (alcoholism, obesity) play an important role in the development of gout. Gender: gout uric acid levels increase during puberty in men and menopause in women, so people first develop at an earlier age (after puberty) than women (after menopause). Gout in premenopausal women is clearly unusual
Genetics: If your parents have gout, you are 20% more likely
Moderate to heavy alcohol
A diet rich in red meat, internal organs, increase the risk of yeast and fatty fish in gout.
Starvation and dehydration
Diseases such as:
Metabolic syndrome: a state with abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and abnormal lipid