The hidden dangers of gout
If you’ve got gout, you might think you know the worst of it.
But as bad as that searing, stabbing pain in the toe can be, it gets worse. Because while gout pain will hurt you, the condition itself could lead to something that just might kill you.
New research finds gout will dramatically boost your odds of facing a potentially deadly problem with the rhythm of your heart.
It’s called atrial fibrillation, and it’s when your heartbeat goes crazy. It feels like a fish has jumped out of its bowl and into your chest.
Part of the reason for the link is that the same conditions that lead to gout – poor diet, obesity, drinking and smoking – can also contribute to A-fib.
But that’s not all of it.
A study in the journal Rheumatology removed all those other risk factors and found that even on its own, gout will increase your risk of battling this dangerous heart rhythm condition by 45 percent.
The problem may not be the gout itself so much as what causes it: high uric acid in the blood, a condition known as hyperuricemia. It often leads to gout, although not always – and even when it doesn’t, all that extra uric acid floating around can cause or contribute to metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart problems, and death.
At that point, A-fib is just the icing on a very dangerous cake.
The study suggests screening gout patients for A-fib – although if you do have A-fib, odds are you can tell something’s very wrong.
My advice: Don’t wait for it to get that bad.
Even if you think you can handle gout pain, focus on getting it under control – because it’s a whole lot easier to reverse gout now than it is to try to live with A-fib later.
Gout is almost always caused by diet, such as food rich in the purines that lead to excess uric acid production. Organ meats like liver and such seafood as sardines, mussels, anchovies, and herring are all high in purines. You’ll also find it in pasta, as well as foods made with yeast – like bread and beer. (Sorry, guys.)
In addition, excess belly fat will also lead to excess uric acid – and high-glycemic foods that spike insulin and blood sugar are another known predisposing factor – so get your waistline under control.
For more tips on beating gout without drugs, read this free report from my House Calls archives.