Gout a Form of Kidney Disease

These feet in this picture are gray. The client thinks she has gout in her right ankle. Gout is a form of arthritis. Most believes that Gout happens in the metatarsal joint of the big toe but gout flare up can happen in any body joint.

What is Gout?

Gout is caused when there is too much uric acid in the body. The body makes uric acid when breaking down purines. Purine is a chemical compounds found in food such as organ meats, game meats, some types of fish, fruit juice, sugary sodas, and alcohol when  broken down in the body, form uric acid which is passed in the urine.  

Uric acid is a waste product that is naturally found in the blood and filters through the kidneys. When uric acid level is high filtering through the kidneys can become difficult and forming urate crystals. As urate crystals pass through the kidneys, these crystals can cause scarring and damage to the kidney lining. This can lead to kidney disease and failure over time if gout is left untreated. 

Instead of flushing uric acid out through the urine, it gets deposited in body joints and other tissue causing Gout. This causes the joint lining, the synovium, to become inflammed. When uric acid desposits accumulate in the skin over time, they form small round nodules call tophi. 

Uric acid is sensitive to temperature changes, and has a tendency to turn into crystals when deposited in the cooler body parts such as such as the feet (the feet being the furthest from the heart.)

Gout does not appear overnight, it can take years before uric acid crystals build up in joints. 

Gout and Kidney Disease

One out of 10 people with chronic kidney disease have gout, but all people with  gout have kidney disease. Most people with early stage kidney disease do not know they have it. Gout is a warning sign of kidney disease.If you have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), the kidneys cannot filter wastes out of the body. 

 

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About the Writer, Film Maker, and Teacher

Helen Chin Lui is the a Certified Reflexologist, Certifield Energy Medicine Practitioner, Reiki Master and teacher. She is the owner of the Healing Place LLC and Healingl Place Energy School LLC

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