A gout is a painful form of arthritis. When your body has extra uric acid, sharp crystals may form in the big toe or other joints that causes episodes of swelling and pain called gout attacks. Gout is treatable with medications and changes in diet and lifestyle.
Gout can affect anyone. It usually occurs earlier in men than women. It commonly occurs after menopause in women. Men can be three times more likely than women to get it. Men have higher levels of uric acid most of their lives. Women reach these uric acid levels after menopause.
Gout is a chronic or long-term condition. Developing lifelong healthy eating habits can help a person manage their symptoms. A healthy diet for a person with gout should include all the food groups and be rich in nutrient-dense, minimally processed ingredients. These include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes.
The HCG diet obliges you to take a daily dose of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin also known as HCG. One of the benefits of HCG injections, aside from weight loss, is that it keeps you from losing muscle while you diet. By elevating the hormone levels in your body, the HCG hormone creates a muscle-building state which counteracts the muscle-breakdown state.
High cholesterol has also been known to decrease with the introduction of the HCG hormone which helps to lower overall blood pressure. HCG usage has been proven to help patients with gout pain, even if levels of blood uric acid are increasing during treatment.
Generally, a plant-based diet is more likely to be beneficial than a high-fat diet with a focus on meat. This can help stabilize uric acid levels. It can also help boost heart health due to the increased consumption of fruits, fiber, vegetables, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. This is important, as studies suggest that people with gout may also have a higher risk of developing heart problems.