1. The gout risk you’re NEVER warned about

    “Joints full of razor blades.”

    That’s how I’ve heard gout patients describe their condition.

    And I’ll tell you what – it’s not too far from the truth.

    When you have gout, razor-like crystals form in your joints. And that can make even the slightest physical activity (like walking up a flight of stairs) feel like ABSOLUTE TORTURE.

    Most gout patients rush to the doctor’s office desperate and willing to try ANYTHING to make the pain go away.

    But here’s the sad truth – science is showing that lots of these folks have ALREADY lost their battle with gout before it’s really begun.

    A new study out of Taiwan shows that from the moment you’re diagnosed with gout, your risk of total joint replacement shoots through the roof.

    So, what does that mean? Does it mean the gout drugs aren’t working?

    Absolutely. In many cases, these pricey (and sometimes dangerous) gout meds aren’t doing a thing to heal your joints and prevent the worst possible outcome – that is, having to replace a joint.

    But there are other factors here that we need to pay attention to – like whether you have gout.

    Researchers discovered that gout can exist for a long time BEFORE any symptoms develop. So, by the time the pain surfaces, the destruction of your joints may be well underway.

    Even the BEST drugs are going to have a hard time reversing that.

    What’s the answer?

    Well, even if you don’t have gout… even if you’ve never THOUGHT about gout… you’d be wise to take steps to keep it from developing.

    You get gout because you’ve got too much uric acid in your blood, which leads to crystal formation on your joints. To lower uric acid levels and prevent gout, you want to avoid too many organ meats, processed foods, and sugar.

    There are also some natural remedies worth trying.

    Tart cherry juice (you can also buy tart cherry extract as a supplement) has been proven to reduce the occurrence of gout flare-ups. An international study published in 2012 even found that tart cherry can start reducing gout attacks in as little as two days.

    If it feels like your joints are being sliced and stabbed with razor blades, adding tart cherry to your daily routine makes a lot of sense.

    But it’s probably a good idea even if you don’t have gout.

    Because by the time gout symptoms develop, you may already be behind the eight-ball.

  2. Weight loss improves gout

    Shave off pounds to save your joints

    Your big toe is red, swollen, and throbbing out of your shoe. When you've got a gout flare-up, it's tough to put your best foot forward... AND figure out which direction to head for relief.

    We know that gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in your blood, which can form needle-shaped crystals that become painful daggers when they collect in your joints.

    And we also know that certain foods that contain purine, like organ meats and seafood, can send your serum uric acid (sUA) levels sky high.

    But according to the latest research, simply avoiding a FEW foods may not be enough to root out gout -- because your best bet is actually a diet that helps you shed pounds.

    Just this morning, I shared a study with you that showed how maintaining a healthy weight can help you control your blood pressure.

    Well, it turns out that's not all that shedding a few extra pounds can do for your health.

    In the meta-analysis published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, researchers evaluated data from 10 studies that looked at the effects of weight loss on gout.

    After crunching the numbers, they found that when overweight or obese gout patients lost weight, up to 60 percent of them DECREASED their sUA levels -- and, as a result, up to 70 percent of them had FEWER gout attacks.

    What's more, losing more than about 15 pounds led to LONG-TERM reductions in sUA! And if you've ever had a gout attack, you know how much you want to reduce the incidence of future flare-ups over the long haul.

    The theory is that carrying extra weight -- and producing excess insulin as a result of too much fat in your body -- slows down the ability of your kidneys to remove uric acid from your blood.

    So, if you want to kick those painful toe flare-ups to the curb, it's time to lighten up.

    Now, I know that shaving off those pounds isn't easy -- especially as we age and our hormones and metabolisms aren't what they used to be.

    But there are some simple changes you can make to help that extra weight fall off:

    • Go Paleo: The Paleo (a.k.a. "caveman") diet is an easy way to lose weight without counting carbs or calories. It eliminates the sugars and grains that can pack on pounds in favor of satisfying, fresh foods like meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
    • Stay active: Aim for at least a half hour of activity, five days a week.
    • Take probiotics: Studies have shown that an imbalance of bacteria in your gut can make it difficult to lose weight, so add some "good" bugs to crowd out the bad guys.

    And, as I shared with you just last week, you've also got to avoid eating organ meats like liver and kidneys, which can increase your levels of uric acid, and abstain from drinking alcohol, which can block the uric acid from being released in your urine.

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  4. Gout increases chance of hip fracture in older women

    Women with gout are 40 percent more likely to suffer a hip fracture than those without it. Here's how to keep those flare-ups from happening... and keep your hip from breaking!
  5. Gout means increased risk of atrial fibrillation

    A new study out of the United Kingdom shows that gout may be far more than a royal pain in the big toe – it can be a signs of a bad ticker.
  6. Deadly radiation being used to diagnose gout

    Researchers are advocating using 150 times more radiation than an X-ray to detect a joint condition that is already easily diagnosed.
  7. Soda can increase gout risk

    A little sugar can do a lot of damage -- and if your sugar comes from soda, you could face a much higher risk of gout, according to new research.
  8. How cherries beat gout

    Gout is on the rise around the world -- but new research shows a time-tested solution that really works: cherries.
  9. Double trouble over gout treatment

    The only thing worse than one bad med is two -- and if you're battling gout, that's exactly what's on the menu next: two bad meds.

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