Chicken and Beer: How Excessive Consumption Can Lead to Gout

Office workers often find solace in indulging in a plate of chicken and a refreshing glass of beer after a long day at work. However, one must exercise caution, as overconsumption of these delights can lead to the development of gout. Excessive drinking can elevate uric acid levels in the body, which is a contributing factor to the onset of gout and other related ailments.

Gout is a condition characterized by the accumulation of uric acid in the body, causing spiky deposits to form around the joints and their surrounding membranes. The build-up of uric acid clusters in the joints and tissues triggers an inflammatory response, resulting in excruciating joint pain and various complications.

The culprits behind this condition are the purine-rich components found in both beer and chicken. Barley, the key ingredient in beer production, and protein, the main component of chicken, contain high levels of purine, which prompts the production of uric acid in the body. Consequently, excessive consumption of these items increases the concentration of uric acid in the bloodstream, elevating the risk of developing gout.

While most commonly affecting individuals in their 40s and 50s, even young adults in their 20s and 30s who relish in the pleasures of chicken and beer cannot overlook the potential threat of gout.

Typical symptoms of gout include severe pain, swelling, and inflammation primarily in the big toe. Over time, the condition may progress to affect the ankles and knees, leading to consistent redness and swelling in these areas. Even a minor touch can trigger intense pain. It is important to note that gout may initially go unnoticed as the pain can fluctuate, coming and going at irregular intervals.

However, one must exercise caution as untreated gout can not only result in gouty arthritis or gouty nodules but also lead to the development of other systemic metabolic disorders. If one experiences redness or heat in their joints, such as the big toe, despite having no prior injuries, it is crucial to consider the possibility of early gout symptoms and seek medical attention promptly.

Director Park Jae-hong of Seoul Ki-chan Pain Medicine Clinic advises that hospitals conduct blood tests and fluid analysis to diagnose gout. In the initial stages, non-surgical treatments such as medication or injections are employed. However, severe pain that hampers daily life and recurrent acute episodes may necessitate surgical intervention.

Director Park further warns that neglecting proper treatment for gout can result in the accumulation of gout nodules within the joints, leading to chronic joint pain and mobility issues. In addition to receiving appropriate medical care, individuals should maintain adequate hydration, avoid excessive consumption of red meat and fatty foods, and engage in regular exercise to alleviate the severity of gout symptoms.

In conclusion, while indulging in chicken and beer can provide temporary solace after a tiring day, it is imperative to be mindful of the potential risks of gout. Prioritizing moderation and making informed dietary choices can safeguard one’s joint health and overall well-being.

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[메디컬투데이=김준수 기자] For office workers, having chicken and beer after work is a little healing time. However, you need to be careful because eating too much chicken and beer can cause gout. Excessive drinking can increase uric acid levels and is considered a factor in the development of diseases such as gout.

Gout is a disease where, as the level of uric acid in the body increases, the uric acid turns into spinal protrusions, causing inflammation in the joints and the membrane around the joints. Uric acid clusters build up in joints and other tissues, causing an inflammatory response and causing severe joint pain and other complications.

The reason you need to be careful with chicken and beer is because of yosan. Barley, the raw material for beer, and protein, the main ingredient in chicken, contain a lot of purine, which creates uric acid. For this reason, excessive eating increases the concentration of uric acid in the blood, increasing the likelihood of developing gout.

The most common gout sufferers are those in their 40s and 50s, but even those in their 20s and 30s who enjoy chicken and beer can’t ignore gout.

The typical symptoms are seizures, swelling, and pain in the big toe. Over time, your ankles and knees can become red and swollen, and even a simple brush can cause severe pain. Gout may not be recognized in the early stages because the pain can be severe and then disappear.

▲ Director Park Jae-hong (Photo = Provided by Seoul Gichan Pain Medicine Clinic)
However, care must be taken because if the symptoms worsen, it not only causes gouty arthritis or gouty nodules, but also causes additional problems such as other systemic metabolic diseases. If you have never been injured by this, but your joints, such as your big toe, are red or hot, you should suspect the early symptoms of gout and visit the hospital.

Director Park Jae-hong of the Seoul Ki-chan Pain Medicine Clinic said, “Hospitals test for gout through blood tests and body fluid tests. “In the early stages of gout, non-surgical treatment is performed such as drugs or injections, but if the pain is severe enough to cause difficulty in daily life and acute recurrences occur frequently, surgical treatment is performed,” he explained.

He continued, “If you suffer from gout but neglect treatment, you have to be careful because the gout nodules that accumulate in the joints take a long time to be absorbed naturally, which can lead to chronic joint pain and movement disorders. In addition to treatment, you should drink plenty of water and avoid overeating red meat and fatty foods. “Regular exercise is also important,” he said.

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