Gout Facebook Group Boasts Largest Global Following

Gout Facebook Group Boasts Largest Global Following

People living with gout apparently like to talk about it. With over 54,000 likes, the Gout Study on Facebook page has become the world’s largest online community on the subject of gout – a painful form of arthritis. The growth of that community, in just over a year, also reflects the increasing role and power of social media.

Once labeled as a “rich man’s disease” — due to indulging in fine food and drink — that perception of gout is no longer a reality. Gout can affect people from all walks of life, income and stature. About six million Americans report having gout symptoms – most often a painful swelling of the big toe.

“Our collective goal in establishing this community was to advance gout treatments, so people with gout can eventually live life to its fullest without the fear of the next more painful gout attack,” said Liz Moench, President and CEO of MediciGlobal, an international corporation that brings opportunities for clinical research to millions of people.

Through Gout Study’s website and Facebook page, gout sufferers can obtain news, wellness, health, and clinical research information about gout. Gout Study Facebook “fans” can also converse with each other and share ideas on how to live better with the condition. About 25 percent of the members of the Gout Study Facebook group live outside the United States. The site’s unique page views has exceeded 13 million.

“While there are other gout communities on the Internet, the Gout Study page stands out because of its ability to unite gout sufferers globally, not just in the United States,” said Nick Halkitis, Global VP of Online Marketing and Digital Strategies at MediciGlobal. “23 percent of our community resides outside of the U.S. in countries such as Argentina, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, France, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, and the United Kingdom, among others.”

Gout is caused by excess uric acid that crystalizes in a joint. As many sufferers can attest, one of the most common symptoms of gout is waking up at night feeling like your big toe is on fire. Gout attacks can also include swelling, redness, intense pain, and tenderness that can radiate to the ankle, foot, and knees. Attacks can last from several days to weeks, and each subsequent attack becomes more painful. Over time, untreated gout can lead to kidney stones and permanent kidney and joint damage.

Gout is a painful form of arthritis that usually affects the big toe

Risk factors for gout include:

  • Drinking too much beer or alcohol
  • Eating too much meat or shellfish
  • Lack of exercise or being overweight
  • Being male between 40 and 50 years of age
  • Having a family member with gout
  • Being a post menopausal women
  • Taking diuretics

Treatment of gout pain includes ice applied to the affected area, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids. Drugs, changes in diet and consumption of apples, bananas and lemon juice can also reduce uric acid levels.

Authored by: Elizabeth Magill

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Donis Fylaktou

I had my first gout attack about 10 years ago.
At the beginning I was having attacks every 6 months. Then gradually I was getting them
every 3 months, then every month and eventually every week.
It started at my big toe and then it was moving sometimes in my knees,and generally all
around my joints, in my feet.And the pain was agonising.
I have tried all the cures you can imagine.I tried ACV, lemons, drinking a lot of water, but
to no avail.I tried water fasting, juice fasting,baking soda, again without success.
I almost gave up meat, limiting it to only once a week ,gave up alcohol completely,again
no success.
I was living on vegetables, lots and lots of fresh fruit, milk ,cheese beans and so on .My
eating habits could not be healthier ,or so I thought.But my gout was worsening.
Then I decided to increase the amount of fruit I was consuming, thinking that if some fruit
is healthy, more fruit will be more healthy.Some days I was eating fruit only ,others over 10
portions a day.
And alas my gout instead of improving it became chronic.
I was desperate I did not know what to do.
And then one day accidentally I read an article about fructose,which is contained in fruit in
large quantities.It said that it increases uric acid, in a matter of minutes.
Fructose is also present in table sugar, and in HFCS, which is used in soft drinks.
I put two and two together and realised what I was doing wrong.
I stopped eating fruit and all other sugars, for a period of 3 weeks,and by magic I saw a
dramatic improvement.Pain was gone, swelling was gone, I was fine.
I re introduced fruit again in my diet but reducing them to 1 or 2 a day, and my gout completely
disappeared.
I do eat more meat now, and occasionally have an alcoholic drink, and thank God everything
seems to be fine.
Fructose was my enemy!!.