In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Health Minute" Dr. Connie Mariano shares some important bits of information about what you need to know about gout.
Dr. Connie Mariano: Suffering from gout? You are not alone.
I’m Dr. Connie Mariano, Chief Clinical Officer with EmpowHER, and it is estimated that more than 8 million Americans suffer from gout, a form of arthritis.
Symptoms include swelling and inflammation of your joints, and the pain can be excruciating.
Feet, hands, wrists, and ankles are the most common problem spots and the pain can last four hours, some times even days.
What causes gout?
Gout occurs when uric acid crystallizes in the joints, and those most at risk include those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance, and the obese.
Drinking alcohol, taking certain medications like low-dose aspirin, and family history also play a role.
Anyone with gout symptoms should see your doctor.
The good news, changing your lifestyle and medication can help control gout.
I’m Dr. Connie Mariano with everything you need to know about gout.