Have a Senior Health plan?  Great.  This disease will be covered.  Individual Health Plans will cover it also.  Hope you are not one of the uninsured with this disease present because you will find it very difficult to qualify for any individual health plans.

Do you know what is one of the oldest diseases known to mankind, identified by the Egyptians in 2640 BC, and later recognized by Hippocrates in the fifth century BC?  Need to phone a friend? Here is a hint…think feet.  Give up?  Ok, I will tell you.  Its Gout.  The reason people referred to it as the disease of Kings is because it usually struck those who could afford rich drink and food. In the 18th century gout was depicted as afflicting those who led a life of self-absorption and debauchery. Many thought it was self-inflicted due to overindulgence in food and wine.  Diet actually does play a role in gout but it has more to do with what you eat rather than how much.

Charles Dubow, in Forbes.com “Gout is essentially a form of rheumatic arthritis characterized by recurrent episodes of joint inflammation.  The pain and swelling of gout are caused by uric acid crystals that deposit in some joints, most notably the big toe, but the disease can also strike the knee, ankle, foot, wrist and elbow.  Most men contract gout for one of two reasons: First, it is a hereditary problem, like baldness, and if your father had it you probably will too (thanks Dad!); and second, because they have a diet high in purines.  Normally uric acid passes out of the body through the kidneys in urine.  An excess of purines causes the body to make more uric acid than the kidneys can dissolve, a condition called hyperuricemia.”

All alcoholic drinks can lead to gout.  Foods that contain very large amounts  (150-1000mg) of purine  are sheep heart (yuck!), meat extracts, smelt, herring, mussels, sweetbreads, herring roe, sardines and yeast. The foods that contain a large amount of purine (75-100 mg) are: anchovies, bacon, codfish, grouse, haddock,liver, kidneys, mackerel, mutton leg, partridge, pheasant, pigeon, salmon, scallops, trout, turkey, veal and venison.

Gout sufferers will tell you that gout is extremely painful. It usually strikes men between 40 and 50 and rarely women.  Goutpain.com has some do’s and dont’s for gout pain.

Do:

  • •Drink more water
  • •Lose weight if you are overweight
  • •Exercise-start-if you haven’t been
  • •Eat a healthy diet low in fat
  • •See your physician

Do Not.

  • •Eat fried food
  • •Drink alcohol
  • •Drink soft drinks with sugar
  • •Eat shell fish and organ meats
  • •Take aspirin-unless approved by your doctor

Worth noting, Krystexxa has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for adults with gout who do not respond to, or who cannot tolerate, standard treatments.  It is a brand name drug.  Good thing you have a senior health plan or one of the available health plans, huh?

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