Arthritis gout is one of the first things that pop up when there is an unusually high concentration of uric acid in the blood, in a condition called hyperuricemia. There are other medical conditions that are associated with high uric acid levels such as hypertension. We shall be taking a look at uric acid, how high uric acid levels happen, and how it causes gout. Read on…
Uric acid is the by-product when the body breaks down chemicals called purines-these are the organic chemicals that are present in foods as well as the cells of human beings. Once the purines have been broken down, the uric acid makes its way into the bloodstream, where a host of other issues pop up.
Low level of uric acid is actually not bad- under certain occasions and settings, it acts as an antioxidant. Most of the uric acid is processed out of the system via the kidneys and removed by means of urine and stool.
How Do The Uric Acid Levels End Up Rising?
It is normal to have low levels of uric acid running through your blood stream. Hyperuricemia or high uric acid levels happen when one or more of the following occurs:
- Your kidneys are unable to adequately function in filtering and flushing out the excess uric acid from your bloodstream.
- The body is producing way too much urine for the kidney to remove them all.
- The person ends up consuming beverages and foods that have a high content of purines in them.
The Connection Between Gout And Hyperuricemia
When there is an excess of uric acid in your bloodstream, the uric acid ends up being deposited in the joints, from where it ends up forming uric acid crystals or urate crystals. These are pointed, needle-like serrated crystals, which protrude from the joint.
The crystals cut and cause intense pain at the site, along with inflammation. The resulting gout symptoms of redness, warmth, swelling and excruciating joint pain, are what is called a gout flare or attack.
Pulling the plug on the uric acid levels in your body is the only counter-effort you can take in reducing the flare-ups from occurring. If you have started noticing considerable pain in the joints, then it may be time for a visit to the doctor. A strict approach to your diet and making key changes in your lifestyle can negate and successfully reverse uric acid levels in your body, and reduce the flare-ups.