A Common and Treatable Form of Arthritis


Gout affects more than 2 million Americans. It is caused by deposits of uric acid — a white, odorless crystal that accumulates in the body and causes redness and swelling of the joints. Attacks come on suddenly and are painful. The big toe, ankle and knee are common sites of involvement. While gout can occur in men and women of all ages, it rarely occurs in women before menopause.
To obtain a definite diagnosis of gout, fluid must be removed from an affected joint and tested for the presence of uric acid. The reason for a joint fluid test rather than a blood test is two-fold. First, the uric acid level in the blood may be normal even when gout is present. Second, a high level of uric acid in the blood by itself does not necessarily signify the presence of gout.
Medications and diet are often culprits of gout attacks. Certain substances in medications and food can increase levels of uric acid in the blood. Diuretics such as Lasix® and hydrochlorothiazide, which are used to treat high blood pressure and edema (fluid retention), can increase the risk of gout attacks. Aspirin also increases uric acid levels and can worsen attacks.

Foods with high purine levels also increase uric acid levels in the blood.


Foods with high purine levels also increase uric acid levels in the blood. So changing your diet may help to prevent attacks. Avoiding sweetbreads, herring, mussels and sardines can be helpful. So, too, can avoiding alcoholic beverages, especially beer, heavy wines and champagne. Results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicate that a diet that includes dairy products and vegetables may help to prevent gout. Obesity and overeating or “bingeing” have been associated with gout, so maintaining a reasonable weight may also be a preventative measure.
If frequent gout attacks persist despite changes in medications or diet, your doctor may prescribe certain drugs to prevent flare-ups. These include colchicine, Benemid® (probenecid) or Zyloprim® (allopurinol).

  • What Conditions Affect Older Adults?
  • What Conditions Affect Older Adults?
  • What Are My Treatment Options?
What Conditions Affect Older Adults?

Aging happens to everyone. How you take care of yourself matters. Agape Family Medical Center is here to help with many health conditions and offer an assortment of treatments to help you live life to the fullest.

What Conditions Affect Older Adults?

Aging is part of life, but we believe you should be able to age gracefully. That’s why our geriatric specialists are committed to providing you with compassionate care.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Our first priority is to help you manage your health, so you never have to worry about treating a condition. But, you may need to have some treatment. The good news is our team is here for you. Depending on your condition, some of the treatments we may use, include:
• Acupuncture
• Oral Medications
• Pain Management
• Psychotherapy
• Relaxation
• Surgery


At Agape Family Medical Center, your primary care physician is your main doctor over the course of many years, and primary care physicians treat the whole person, not just a disease or an organ system. We are your personal physician, health advocate and wellness advisor throughout all the stages of your life.


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