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Overweight increases risk of gout

Overweight increases risk of gout

Arthritis Care & Research has shown that the disease threatens even those who are just slightly overweight. The finding warns of the danger of being overweight long before it becomes a chronic condition. Using data from a government survey of 28,000 people, researchers led by a specialist at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine

in the United States, found that between 1988 and 1994, 2.6 percent of American adults had gout. That's 4.7 million people. Between 2007 and 2010, the percentage reached 3.8% or about 8.1 million adults. The results of the analysis indicated that almost 5.5% of adults close to obesity developed gout compared to 1.6% of those with normal weight and 3.4% of those who are overweight. Although the highest risk of the disease is among those with obesity, with a 5.5% higher probability, the numbers showed that the problem is also common among people with a few extra pounds. The researchers also point out that gout is not an exclusively male problem, although it is the most affected public. Some of the major symptoms of gout are periodically swollen, red, and hot joints. The most affected regions are usually the big toe, knee and ankle, but hands and wrists may also be the target of the problem. Patient reports show that gout usually wakes up at night with throbbing pains.

Has your weight become a problem?

The extra pounds are a constant fight for most people, but usually for aesthetic reasons. However, experts point out that being overweight may be a risk factor for the development of various diseases. Here are some warning signs that your body gives:

1. Accumulation of fat in the abdomen

Concentrated fat in the abdomen region is a laughing factor for several chronic diseases, such as diabetes. In this region, fat stimulates the production of substances that promote the increase of the rate of glucose, blood pressure and bad cholesterol. Subcutaneous fat, on the other hand, promotes the opposite effect by balancing these levels.

2. Loss of clothes

Clothes can serve as a parameter to know whether or not you are gaining weight. Since there is no ideal weight for everyone, since this value varies by height, body structure and other personal characteristics, use your own wardrobe as a judge.

3. New challenges

As with age, weight can also impose new limitations on your daily life. Not being able to travel a certain distance, having reduced mobility or getting excessively tired with small tasks can be a sign that the extra pounds have become a problem.

4. Low self-esteem

For many people, weight is first and foremost a social limitation. Many stop doing what they like, prefer not to go to certain places and avoid everyday situations due to low self-esteem.


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