Title: Help for Diabetes, Gout and More
Author: Loring A. Windblad
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Help for Diabetes, Gout and More
by Loring A. Windblad
Overview of Gout
Gout is a systemic disease caused by the buildup of uric acid in
the joints, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. This
condition can develop for two reasons. The liver may produce more
uric acid than the body can excrete in the urine, or a diet of
rich foods (e.g., red meat, cream sauces, red wine) puts more
uric acid into the bloodstream than the kidneys can filter. In
both cases, a condition called hyperuricemia results. Over time,
the uric acid crystallizes and settles in the joint spaces, most
commonly in the first metatarsal phalangeal joint of the big toe
or in the ankle joint.
Signs and Symptoms
The most common symptoms of gout are inflammation, swelling, and
tenderness in the joint of the first toe. Touching or moving it
is intensely painful and patients often say it hurts to have as
much as a bedsheet over the toe. Gout develops quickly and
typically occurs in only one joint at a time. Symptoms may develop
in two or three joints simultaneously, but this is rare. If
widespread symptoms occur, the condition is probably not gout.
The most reliable way to diagnose gout is to examine the joint
fluid for uric acid crystals. This is done by drawing fluid from
the joint with a needle and examining it under a polarized light
microscope. Although the test is invasive, the results are
definitive, and a positive result facilitates proper treatment
and quick relief.
Treatment for gout involves decreasing the amount of uric acid in
the joint. If dietary habits are the cause, the patient's
lifestyle must be changed to avoid the condition. Gout is readily
corrected with patient cooperation, and it is usually not treated
unless it occurs frequently. Colchicine is a common medication
for treating acute gout attacks. If continuous medication is
necessary, the two most common choices are probenecid and
Alcohol and rich foods are primary contributors to excessive uric
acid levels. Although some patients have a genetic predisposition
to excessive uric acid production, most gout patients have normal
kidneys and uncontrolled dietary habits. Prevention is the best
defense against the disease.
Many patients who suffer from gout continue to indulge, and
suffer frequent attacks as a result. Although medication makes it
possible to live with gout, the continued accumulation of uric
acid in the joints eventually damages them, seriously inhibiting
Overview of Diabetes
New to diabetes? Learn the basics -- check with your local
diabetes clinic or research it on the internet.
A key to diabetes management is maintaining a regular exercise
program. Its never too late to start -- see below. Sticking to
dietary goals while eating out also can be very challenging --
see comments below.
20 million Americans and Canadians have diabetes. Nearly 7 million
don't know it. Type 2 diabetes usually develops slowly, and the
symptoms often go unnoticed. Our son developed a puffiness to his
face which we noticed right away because we saw him only a couple
of times a year. He and his wife put it down to simple weight
gain. After 2½ years they finally snapped to there being
something wrong and when he was finally checked out his diabetes
was "off the charts". Fortunately, they caught it in time, but it
should have been caught over a year earlier.
Nearly 90 to 95% of all people with diabetes have type 2. Who
gets it? Just about any body. Fat, skinny, regular build, it
makes no difference; just about everyone can develop diabetes.
Most at risk are people regardless of body build who live on a
high intake of "junk food". Least at risk are people who eat a
regular balanced diet.
What you may not know about diabetes -- the truth about insulin
resistance. 92% of people with type 2 diabetes have insulin
resistance. Get the facts -- go to your local diabetes agency or
research it on the internet.
Obesity is a major risk factor for diabetes. Obesity is not a
guarantee you will develop diabetes -- many obese persons never
develop it, many slender people do develop it, but persons who
are obese have the major tendency.
Diabetic meals can be healthy and savory.
A key to diabetes management is maintaining a regular exercise
program. Its never too late to start and you can do it with a
simple walking program. Just walk 1 kilometer a day and over a
period of a month build it up to two miles (3 kilometers) a day.
Sticking to dietary goals while eating out can be very challenging.
Many, even most, restaurants cater to people with special dietary
needs -- just ask. And learn those restaurants which do not and
When it comes to diabetic nutrition, not sure what to believe?
There are many stories out there, some believable, others not.
Research what you need to know from trusted resources -- your
local diabetes support center, the internet, friends who have
The help of friends and family can make all the difference to
someone with diabetes.
Help for Diabetes, Gout and Other Disorders
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I am Loring Windblad and my wife is June Windblad. I have
long-term gout (since 1977), damage from gout including numbness
and pain in the feet, a prostate which had ceased functioning for
the past 2 years, and in Jan 2004 I was diagnosed with a lazy
thyroid. By the end of January my thyroid was functioning normally,
by April I was noticing an improvement in prostate functioning and
by mid-May it was definitely clear that not only was the pain gone
but feeling was coming back into my feet. This is written in June
2004 and its all still getting better.
Check out these product testimonials and see what you think about
what these products have accomplished in many other lives. Scroll
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There are other stories of "miracles" with these products and
they will be posted as soon as they can be collected. What these
products actually do is work to make your body function the way
it is supposed to function, and they accomplish this at least in
part by restoring your natural Ph balances.
Feel free to contact the author directly by email for any
questions or comments.
Copyright © 2004 by http://www.organicgreens.us and Loring Windblad
About Loring: Loring Windblad has studied nutrition and exercise
for more than 40 years, is a published author and freelance
writer. He is the author of 2 paperback books and 4 eBooks. His
latest business endeavor is at http://www.organicgreens.us
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