Gout is characterized by the sudden severe pain in the joint of your big toe, but it is also notable in some joint areas like your knuckles, elbows, knees and ankles. It is an inflammatory difficulty as a natural body reaction to the tiny crystalline needle deposits that irritates your joints. It is the most painful arthritis. It is triggered by too much or excess uric acid in your body. It is found in your every tissues and in the foods you eat, like liver, peas, dried beans, and anchovies.
While it is true that no formal studies have been released linking smoking and gout, there are indications that associate tobacco use to the factors that trigger gout attack and worsen the said condition. Below are the indications that link smoking and gout, and how tobacco use worsens your gout.
1. Tobacco smoke contains four thousands deadly and hazardous chemical compounds like nicotine. These chemicals are known constrictors of your peripheral blood vessels that may result to circulatory problems. Carbon monoxide attaches to your hemoglobin which interferes with the normal oxygen distribution. Further, large deposits of cholesterol can worsen poor oxygen circulation. Reduced oxygen circulation and poor blood flow prevents your body from eliminating the excess uric acid in your system. Too much uric acid in your body can trigger the formation of crystalline needles in your joints that causes the inflammation and extreme pain.
2. Studies have shown that smoking and tobacco use can cause and worsen sleep apnea, the condition wherein a person suffers from shortness in breath while sleeping. These episodes of sleep apnea lessens the oxygen level in your blood which causes your cells to
go through a catabolic process which results to the release of excess uric acid into your blood. The drop of oxygen also raises the amount of carbon dioxide in your blood, which makes your blood more acidic. When this happens, the excess uric acids are easily converted to monosodium urate crystals. And when these urate crystals are deposited into your joints, you may experience a gout attack.
3. Studies have proven that continuous smoking contributes to the production of excess free radicals, the unbalanced atoms and molecules in your body. Normally, free radicals are important to good health, however too much free radical may cause health issues. It has been established that tobacco use, especially smoking, is a known source free radicals which may harm your blood cells causing the increased acidity and increases the possibility of gout incidence.
Smokers suffering from gout reported that after giving up smoking, they have experienced relief and reduced gout attack episodes. Meanwhile, those who went back to smoking began experiencing gout symptoms again. The moment you inhale tobacco smoke in your lungs, thousands of harmful substances instantly affects your tissues. The longer you indulge yourself in smoking, the greater the health risks are. You may not experience it while you’re still young, but as soon as your immune system declines, the more likely you’ll suffer from the long term effects of smoking.