Young Singaporean Men Can Prevent Gout With Healthy Eating & Regular Exercise

Most of us commonly perceive gout as a ‘rich person disease’ that affects those older than 50 years old.

The disease is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood and is classified as a form of arthritis.

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However, doctors have observed a worrying trend lately. More young Singaporean men are reportedly getting gout, with some as early as in their teens.

More young Singaporean men getting gout

Though gout continues to mostly plague patients in their 30s to 60s, local doctors have seen the condition in more male teens as well as those in their 20s of late.

One doctor reportedly had a patient who started having attacks from the age of 9.

Doctors have apparently also seen an increase in the number of NSF who are unable to train as a result of gout-related pain.

Eat healthily and exercise regularly

Gout happens when there are high levels of uric acid in the blood. As uric acid builds up, crystals can form in joints or surrounding tissues, causing pain and inflammation.

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Uric acid is produced by the body when it breaks down purines, which can be found in the body as well as food that we consume.

Food that contains high levels of purine include:

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Drinks containing fruit sugar or fructose
  • Organ meat
  • Red meat
  • Seafood

Apart from cutting down on high-purine foods, doctors also recommend exercising regularly to prevent falling prey to gout.

Here are the gout symptoms to look out for:

  • Extreme pain in 1 or more joints
  • Joint(s) feeling ‘hot’ and tender
  • Swelling around joint
  • Red and ‘shiny’ skin at affected joint

The condition is treatable with medications that lower uric acid levels in the blood.

Eating healthy and exercising regularly will keep gout away

Though gout affecting younger Singaporeans may sound grim, it is preventable by eating carefully and leading an active lifestyle.

Now that you know how to prevent gout, share this information with your friends and family so they know what to do too!

Featured image adapted from Medical News Today