Hello Rochester, this is Nurse Bowick. Have we got something to talk about? Oh Yeah! The month of June provides an opportunity to celebrate Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month. Many of the Men’s Health promotions with www.health-canada-pharmacy.com/men-s-health.html center on high blood pressure screenings and prostate health. We often neglect to discuss, “Rich Man’s Disease” one of the most painful conditions that men suffer with daily.
Let me ask you this, does your Father wake up in the middle of the night, with the sensation that his big toe is on fire? Is his big toe is hot, swollen and so tender that he doesn’t even want the bed sheets touch it.
Perhaps, dear old Dad could be suffering from a bout with gout. Well, he is not alone. No longer reserved for the rich, Gout is a complex form of Arthritis that affects approximately six million men of all socioeconomic status.
Gout occurs when uric acid builds up, forming sharp, needle-like urate crystals in a joint or surrounding tissue that cause intense pain, redness, inflammation and swelling. It typically affects the large joint of your big toe, but it can occur in your fingers, hands, wrist, feet, ankles and knees. Foods that contribute to uric acid build up include steak, organ meats, seafood, alcoholic beverages especially beer, and drinks sweetened with fruit sugar (fructose).
In addition to medication management, lifestyle modifications that include limiting alcohol consumption, reducing intake of foods that contribute to uric acid buildup, increasing physical activity and weight loss efforts, have you heard a few cherries a day keeps Gout away?
Tune in Tuesday at 7:15am, because we’re gonna talk it, on “Health Beats” with the wake up club on 103.9 WDKX.
Theresa Lou Bowick BSN, RN
Registered Professional Nurse
Doctor of Nursing Practice Student