DR ELLIE CANNON: Will a new diet put an end to the pain of gout?
My husband has been diagnosed with gout. Can changing his diet help him?
Most people are surprised to hear that I often diagnose people with gout – even in 2019.
It is not only a problem reserved for ancient kings who surrender to rich food and drink too much port. Gout, which causes sudden unbearable joint pain, is actually the most common type of inflammatory arthritis that I see.
Gout is caused by an accumulation of a substance called uric acid or urate. This can be genetic or be caused by kidney disease, obesity, high cholesterol and certain drugs such as diuretics.
Gout is caused by an accumulation of a substance called uric acid or urate. This can be genetic or caused by kidney disease, obesity, high cholesterol and certain drugs such as diuretics (stock image)
The attacks can last for months and are incredibly painful.
Because it is an obesity-related condition, any diet that brings you to a healthy weight will be helpful. Avoiding a specific compound in foods, called purines, helps to lower urate levels. High-purity foods include all alcohol, some seafood, fish and shellfish, as well as offal, bacon, turkey, and game. Beef, chicken and pork have a moderate purine content, as well as asparagus, spinach and mushrooms.
Hospitals to trial screening program for deadly infection
A fantastic screening program for pregnant women was launched last week that could save the lives of hundreds of British babies.
Until now, women have not been screened for the potentially fatal Group B Strep infection, caused by bacteria in the vagina, which affects around 500 babies a year.
But from this week, 80 hospitals throughout the country will try out a screening program. NHS officials have long claimed that these tests were “not worth it.”
But the effects of the condition are frightening, including meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia.
It can be easily noticed before birth and prevented with an antibacterial treatment.
If terminating life-threatening illnesses in newborns is not worth it, I don’t know what it is.
Banning all these foods leaves little to eat, so most patients find dietary interventions too difficult. But choosing nutritional change is always worthwhile to prevent medication and side effects.
I have a lump size of 2p on my shin that my doctor says is a non-cancerous lipoma. She is reluctant to remove it. Can you recommend alternative treatments that are safe?
Everyone is concerned about lumps, given the association with cancer. But lipomas, fatty nodules on the skin, are absolutely nothing to worry about.
They are completely benign, which means that they are not harmful. They can grow but only become cancer in very rare cases.
After an ultrasound has confirmed that it is benign, the involvement of a doctor is essentially complete. At that stage, a lipoma becomes a cosmetic problem.
Treatment is usually not offered on the NHS because cosmetic treatments are rationed for financial reasons.
Surgery is the only option for lipoma. Unfortunately, private treatment, which costs around £ 300, is probably the only choice.
Mick has the right to keep rolling
Even major heart operations cannot delay Mick Jagger.
Below a video of his ferocious dances surfaced online this week, filmed just six weeks after the life-saving heart surgery of the 75-year-old – and he’s right to get moving again right away.
Regular exercises with low intensity a month after the operation, such as walking or dancing, are ideal for a quick recovery.
A recent study showed that dancing can improve the quality of life of patients with heart surgery. However, the NHS warns of groin injury, so Mick may want to limit his famous hip thrusts. For now at least.
Regular exercises with low intensity a month after the operation, such as walking or dancing, are ideal for a quick recovery (photo: Mick Jagger)
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