Uric Acid Causes Better Nerve Health

Uric Acid Causes Reduced Nerve Damage A new study explains how uric acid causes chemical processes in the body that might help damaged nerve cells. The study explains that scientists have known about the beneficial effects on nerve cells, but have not understood how this works. When spinal cord injury occurs, there are 2 types of damage. The first is physical trauma. The second is chemical damage as a substance called glutamate builds up in response to the damage. Glutamate is vital to healthy nerve function, but too much can choke other vital nerve cells to death. Astroglia-mediated effects of uric acid to protect spinal cord neurons from glutamate toxicity looks at the processes involved. Professor Firestein, and others, reveal how uric acid works with other specialized non-neuronal support cells called astroglia (or astrocytes). It is this combination that promote transporters that combat excess glutamate. Of course, this does not really help the gout sufferer. All we know is that excess uric acid causes...
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Reduce Uric Acid To Help Your Brain

Reduce Uric Acid For Better Brains Most gout sufferers try to reduce uric acid to lower the risk of acute gout attacks. New research suggests that there may be another reason - improving brain performance. Serum Uric Acid and Cognitive Function in Community-Dwelling Older Adults looks at 96 men and women with normal uric acid levels. The study excludes people who are taking medications to reduce uric acid. Normal levels include men with up to 7.6 mg/dL and women up to 7.1 mg/dL. Of this group, the top 25% (men with uric acid levels between 5.8 and 7.6 mg/dL and women between 4.8 and 7.1 mg/dL) are classed as having high uric acid levels. The chart above shows the percentage of people who performed worst in a number of tests. The data is taken from the following table: SkillLow Uric Acid  High Uric Acid General verbal23%32% General visuospatial  21%36% Processing speed16%52% Working memory18%44% Verbal memory20%40% Visual memory25%16% Verbal fluency25%24% The authors point out that nobody knows how uric acid levels and brain function are...
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Gout and Heart Disease

Statistics show that many gout sufferers also have heart problems. Medical men argue whether one causes the other or if they are a common consequence of heredity, bad diet or lifestyle choices. Today I'll tell you about a new study that shows that gout and heart disease are linked. You will see that, if you suffer from either condition, you must take treatments that will help both. Back in 2005, researchers analyzed thousands of gout patients, looking for links between gout and other illnesses. Their study, Gout and the Risk of Acute Myocardial Infarction, proved that gout patients had more heart attacks than people without gout. But how are the two linked? Critics pointed to the fact that the study was based on statistical analysis of medical records. This type of study, known as epidemiological, is a common way that researchers can establish health trends in populations to identify, amongst other things, risk factors associated with various diseases. Whilst not denying the...
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Food List High In Potassium

This answers the short gout question, "food list high in potassium." I have produced a table that lists foods high in potassium. Most gout sufferers should not worry about potassium. If you eat a healthy gout diet (see my Gout Diet Section), you will get adequate amounts of potassium. The right amount of potassium is important for good health, but you must not eat too much. You must (more…)...
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Polycystic Kidney Disease

Thanks to The Wellness Site for this image I'd never heard of Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) until a recent question from a gout sufferer suggested a link with gout and PKD. Coincidentally, I spotted a PKD article on my Gout Related News Page, entitled "Potential New Treatments For Polycystic Kidney Disease". As you may know, the Gout News Page contains an automatically updated feed from Medical News Today. As well as gout news, I include other topics of interest to gout sufferers. As PKD has been mentioned recently in the Gout Forum, I was drawn to this article. (more…)...
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Banish Alzheimers: Ignore Gout Advice

Whilst looking for information about uric acid, I came across an interesting piece about Alzheimer's disease and uric acid [reference to Mathilda37 removed: no longer available]. In the article, Mathilda refers to some recent research about uric acid as a potential cure for Alzheimer's, or at least a way to hold the progression of the disease. The research in this article follows on from a piece I did last year explaining how uric acid could reduce nerve damage. The researcher, Professor Firestein, pointed out to me that maintaining an adequate level of uric acid in the body is important. There are a few more important points about uric acid, Alzheimer's disease and related medical conditions and treatments. (more…)...
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Your Gout Pictures Please

There is nothing like a gout picture to show the world just what gout means. Gout pictures are great for showing the different symptoms of gout. They help people to understand that gout is much more than a swollen big toe. You can upload your gout pictures via the gout forum. Please not that whilst anyone can post topics to the gout forum, only registered, logged in members can upload pictures. Registration is free, and adds many other useful features, so you may as well register. See the gout health forum guidelines for more information. Most of your pictures will be relevant to the gout symptoms forum, but please note that I am interested in seeing any gout related pictures, so please feel free to send all your gout pictures. How about pictures that reflect your gout treatment, or even your gout diet. Ours is a multi-national, multi-cultural gout forum, so what might seem mundane to you can be extremely interesting and valuable to...
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