Do you get a gout flare when the weather changes?

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The climate plays a big role for us gout sufferers especially when it’s hot and humid which can lead to dehydration and triggering a gout attack. When your body is depleted of fluids through perspiration, you can suffer recurrent gout attacks so it is imperative that you drink a lot of water when the humidity index is high. There are also many gout sufferers who have reported to me that they get gout attacks in the fall and when seasons change. After an extended period of time where the temperature is stable at a certain range of degrees, our bodies then become accustomed to this consistency. Then if the temperature drops dramatically overnight, bringing about unusually cold mornings as in the fall season, it is very reasonable to believe that your excess uric acid will crystallize in the joints triggering a gout attack. Remember that gout is a form of arthritis and that people who suffer from arthritis are also sensitive to weather changes. As your body adapts to the new season and new range of temperatures, your uric acid levels also adjust accordingly until the next change in weather or season. To avoid a gout attack it is important to maintain a regular temperature in your body despite the changes of temperature and pressure of the environment. Tuhina Neogi, MD, PhD, of the Boston University School of Medicine, evaluated the link between weather and the risk of recurrent gout in 619 individuals who already suffered from gout with a median age of 54 but ranged in age from 21 to 88 years old. The study stated that there was a 43% increased risk of developing a gout attack when temperatures of 50?-59? degrees Fahrenheit moved up to 70?-79?. When temperatures dropped from 30?-39? degrees Fahrenheit to less than 30? degrees; were considered with a decreased risk of developing a gout attack of 25% and 40% respectively. The researchers also noticed a connection between temperature and humidity. They found that there was a two-fold increased risk of a gout attack when the temperature was higher than 70? degre

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