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is Sleep Apnea One of the Causes of Gout?

There are many different potential triggers for gout that you should be aware of if you suffer from the condition. One of the potential triggers that we've been asked about recently is sleep apnea. It may seem as though these two conditions are completely unrelated, but in reality, they are connected. The connection was first noticed when sleep apnea patients received treatment for their disorder and they noticed their gout symptoms simultaneously improved.

Until Recently, Gout and Sleep Apnea Have Been Treated Separately

However, many sleep apnea patients who implement treatments for that condition find that their gout improves at the same time. We have included the history of Gout Attacks here so that you will learn more about its history. It is only through it's history can you learn more about Gout Attacks.



  • This effect is very similar to what happens within the cells when excess alcohol is consumed.
  • And it should be noted that drinking alcohol can cause sleep apnea to become more pronounced.
  • Therefore, gout sufferers with sleep apnea have two major reasons to avoid drinking alcohol.



The treatments for sleep apnea include preventative actions, such as avoiding sleeping on one's back. When sleeping on the back, the airway can become constricted and is more likely to close, causing the oxygen levels in the blood to be lower than in other sleeping positions. Therefore, changing the way you sleep can help to prevent gout attacks simply by increasing the overall blood oxygen level. Other sleep apnea treatments can include a pressurized CPAP mask or surgery.


The reason for this link is believed to be the reduction in blood oxygen during apnea episodes, causing cell disintegration in the body and the generation of uric acid in the bloodstream. The cause of gout is, after all, the presence of uric acid crystals in the joints. Furthermore, during apnea there is an increase in the carbon dioxide percentage within the blood, making the blood's acidity level higher and increasing the risk of uric acid precipitation as monosodium urate. This can collect in the joints and can even lead to an increased risk of developing kidney stones. Shocked


Most notably, though, is that gout attacks are the most common while asleep, indicating that sleep has an impact on gout attacks and sleep disturbances and conditions may also influence the causes of gout attacks.

So, if you're suffering from gout, you may want to check to make sure that you are not also suffering from sleep apnea, as it may be one of the causes of gout aggravations in your body. Then you will be able to look into both sleep apnea treatments and remedies for the gout itself. Speak to your physician about undergoing a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea or not.

Other links between sleep apnea and gout include show up in the fact that not only are primary gout sufferers demographically the same as the primary sleep apnea sufferers (middle-aged, overweight men), but sleep apnea and gout are also both much more common among women who have been through menopause. Also, both gout and sleep apnea are associated with people who have a larger neck circumference. Wink

Finding a gout free diet may be simpler than you first think and it may surprise you to know that are a surprising number of additional benefits that can be had.

When you are looking to implement a gout free diet you need to ensure that you avoid these trigger foods and substitute them for gout friendly foods such as, cereals, fruits, complex carbohydrates, rice, leafy green vegetables and low fat milk products.

Hyperuricemia is When Uric Acid Levels are Too High and can Lead to Gout and Kidney Stones

Also, a recent study by doctors at John Hopkins University Hospital found that cognitive functions can be reduced if there is increased Uric Acid in the body. The research was carried out on just under 100 people between the ages of 65 - 92.



  • The worst offenders are red meats, offal, processed meats, some shellfish, yeast extracts, gravies and alcohol.
  • All of these encourage uric acid production within the body.
  • Thinking of life without Gout Friendly Foods seem to be impossible to imagine.
  • This is because Gout Friendly Foods can be applied in all situations of life. Evil or Very Mad
  • When purine is ingested the waste by-product is uric acid.
  • Purine is found in many of our foods and in all proteins to a greater or lesser degree.



Dartmouth college can be a hereditary condition where the body fails to process uric acid efficiently, you can help your body regain its balance by minimizing external factors that raise uric acid levels. One of the main factors that you can control to alleviate gout is to reduce the levels of purine rich foods consumed. Just as a book shouldn't be judged by its cover, we wish you read this entire article on Gout Kidney Stones before actually making a judgement about Gout Kidney Stones.

Uric Acid is Naturally Produced by the Body and is an Antioxidant

During the metabolizing process it is dissolved in the blood stream and then excreted via the kidneys and intestines. However, too much can be a bad thing, leading to a situation within the body called hyperuricemia. Very Happy.



  • They found that elevated levels of uric acid meant that people were more likely to have below average scores on cognitive function tests.
  • So, not only can high uric acid levels lead to a painful gout attack, but can negatively effect your verbal and memory scores.
  • More reason to find a gout free diet that will help to lower uric acid levels.



Ensure that You are Keeping Your Body Sufficiently Hydrated by Drinking At Minimum 6

8 eight ounce glasses of water. Dehydration will increase uric acid levels as without enough water uric acid will become more concentrated in the blood and the kidneys will struggle to expel it. By staying hydrated you will dilute the uric acid and the kidneys will have a easier time of the elimination process.

You have been living with the painful symptoms of gout for a while or this is the first time you have suffered from swelling, stiffness and pain in the joints, you have no doubt come across people telling you about low purine diets for gout.


Gout Sufferers ‘Less Likely to Get Dementia’ | the Times





Is interesting to note that purine is naturally cure gout with simple tissues of our body, and it is only when there is an excess of purine, often caused by a diet rich in foods with high purine levels that the uric acid builds up.

Further danger of excess uric acid the formation of kidney stones. These can be very painful and can also further reduce the ability of the body to expel waste uric acid. Smile

Eat food that have a moderate to low purine levels, such as most vegetables, fruit, cereals, white breads and avoid foods that are high in purine like meat extracts, shellfish, offal (liver, kidney's, brains, sweetmeats), gravies, dried beans. Wink

Uric acid is a natural by-product that is produced when the body breaks down purine, so less purine in the body means that the kidney's can work to get the body back into balance by eliminating the excess uric acid as waste. Evil or Very Mad



  • So, when starting out on a low purine diet for gout, there are a few things that you should bear in mind. 1.
  • Eat a balanced diet, which should be high in complex carbohydrates, low in protein and fat.
  • Avoid alcohol as much as possible, as alcohol consumption can this can cause gout flare-ups. 4.
  • Drink 2 - 3 liters of water per day, as this will help dilute the uric acid in the body and allow the kidneys to regain control.



Following a low purine diet has been shown to reduce the level of purine in the body, and this in turn reduces the levels of uric acid being produced.



  • Gout is relatively common, and can usually be treated successfully, without having to resort to pharmaceutical drugs.
  • Some quick and simple changes to your lifestyle can reduce and even eliminate your gout symptoms.



It's Time You Treat Your Gout!

As you consider the possibilities for gout treatments, it is always important to know all of your options. Two options for gout sufferers are the traditional medical treatment of medication and injections and the more recently popular gout natural treatment. Both treatments will eliminate the arthritic pain (typically affecting the big toe), but only one is remarkably simpler, more affordable and more effective. In fact, the gout natural treatment not only stops the pain; the simple remedy also cures the cause over time so the gout sufferer no longer has to worry about more attacks!



  • The Truth about Gout Medical Treatment What's in store for those who decide to treat gout medically?
  • Typically, there are two treatments prescribed by doctors to remedy the pain associated with gout.
  • They are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroid drugs injected to arthritic area.
  • Both treatments will typically stop the pain with some side-effects.
  • But what will work?
  • Every gout sufferer just wants a treatment that will cure their gout.
  • What treatment is the most effective?
  • What treatment is affordable?
  • What treatment is the simplest? Shocked



The Truth about Natural Health Natural health has been the newest rave in health and medical communities in recent years. Why? Because natural health is considerably effective at treating numerous ailments and it allows YOU to take care of your health and NOT a doctor or pharmacy. However, millions of people still believe that natural treatments are 'quacks'. To the sufferers' demise, many people have opted to not even consider a natural treatment for their health because of this stigma. We have taken the privilege of proclaiming this article to be a very informative and interesting article on Gout Natural. We now give you the liberty to proclaim it too.



  • Think about this...
  • Does modern medicine want you to know about proven natural remedies that work?
  • Does your doctor want you to know about a proven, guaranteed gout natural treatment?



Nsaids can Cause Side-Effects Including Stomach Pain, Bleeding and Ulcers

And corticosteroid (prednisone) can cause more serious side-effects including thinning of bones, poor wound healing and decreased ability to fight infection. It would be recommended to avoid corticosteroid because of severity of the side-effects.

You are asking these questions, what are tart cherries? candidate to try a 100% guaranteed (yes, guaranteed to work) natural gout treatment you can use at home. Take a minute and visit our Gout Natural Treatment Website and see why thousands of gout sufferers are going natural! You will be astonished how simple, affordable and guaranteed our natural gout treatment is.



  • Do Natural Treatments Work? If you knew that a natural treatment was effective and worked; would you use it?
  • Of course you would!
  • It would be easier on your body and your pocketbook.
  • But why don't doctors tell us about simple, effective natural treatments?
  • Consider why the pharmaceutical industry in a multi-billion dollar industry?
  • Consider why medications are pennies across the border compared to hundreds of dollars in developed countries?
  • Consider why pharmacists get paid 6 digits for dispensing pills?
  • Consider why the family doctor gets paid more than your state governor?
  • Most people do not realize the simplicity in natural holistic treatments (treating the whole body as opposed to one area of the body).
  • Understanding that natural treatments are a way to treat the ailment by treating the whole body is the cornerstone of natural health.



A Gout Natural Treatment that Works! Only in the last few decades, have developed countries relied completely upon doctors and drugs for their health. However, simple remedies that worked over 100 years ago still work today. Yet, doctors won't even consider the legitimacy of natural remedies that work. Consequently, doctors continue to prescribe side-effect laden medications for all ailments. Embarassed

For Instance, Think of the Flu!

How does your body feel when you have the flu? Exactly, it hurts all over. The whole body is working together as one organism that is affected by all its parts. Natural treatment remedies work by giving the body the proper means to heal the ailment. In the case of gout, various fruits, vitamins and a cooking ingredient act to neutralize the uric acid that causes current and future gout attacks. Along with curing the pain, the water soluble fiber from the fruit also cause the body to flush itself naturally. Leaving your whole body to benefit from the gout natural treatment.

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