We know gout is caused by an overabundance of uric acid, which your body creates to break down a substance in some foods called purine.
We also know that gout attacks are no picnic… a red, hot and swollen toe can leave you limping for days.
But now, according to a new study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, having gout can increase your chances of also fracturing your hip.
And ladies, your risk of a hip fracture is 40 per cent higher if you’ve also got gout.
You see, high levels of uric acid increase oxidative stress and inflammation – and that exacerbates the bone deterioration that older women face. Not only that, but new bone can’t form, either.
As many as 20 per cent of hip fracture patients will perish the first year after fracture.
For some people, the loss of independence is even worse. And while 40 per cent of those who do survive need assistance to walk, roughly a third of them end up in assisted living with a year.
Now, gout is actually found in three times as many men as women – and it’s a serious health concern for both. Frequent gout flare-ups are also associated with atrial fibrillation, which is a rapid heart rate that ups your risk of stroke, heart failure, and cardiovascular disease.
And men with gout are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
The first step is to change your diet. Now, gout was once known as the disease of kings, but you don’t have to eat like a pauper to avoid it.
You should, however, avoid organ meats that are packed with purine (also known as “sweetbreads”). Your favourite cocktail can also block the uric acid from being released in your urine, so it stays inside your body where it builds up and irritates your joints.
To reduce the severity of your flare-ups and prevent them from happening in the future, try taking devil’s claw supplements and drinking tart cherry juice (without sugar). They’re both preferable to taking painkillers like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which have been shown to kill off your heart cells .
And finally, when it comes to hip fractures, prevention is far better than recovery. A compound derived from olives called oleuropein actually helps bone cell growth, and a combination of calcium with magnesium and vitamins D and K can keep your bones strong.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Women With Gout: Higher Risk for Hip Fracture, medpagetoday.com/Rheumatology/GeneralRheumatology/60164?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2016-09-13&eun=g362705d0r&pos=2
Gout and Risk of Fracture in Women: A Prospective Cohort Study, onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.39852/full