Thursday , October 21 2021

Academics praised gout medicine for Pasifika



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Pacific people who suffer from gout need to see their doctor to get a simple drug, said a New Zealand academic.

Gout was represented by a demon attack in 1799 etched by James Gillray.

Gout was represented by a demon attack in 1799 etched by James Gillray.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Fourteen percent of Pacific adults in New Zealand have gout compared to eight percent of Maori and four percent of Europeans.

Only one third of Pacific sufferers who are undergoing gout arthritis programs are successful.

Professor Otago University, Tim Merriman said Pacific people have a high amount of uric acid in their blood which is a genetic advantage in fighting diseases such as malaria.

However, acids can turn into painful crystals in the joints through reaction with certain foods, Dr. Merriman said.

The anti-inflammatory painkillers used for gout can endanger kidney function, he said, but other drugs are available.

"The really way to treat gout is to get Allopurinol which slows the production of uric acid in the blood, decreases it to the level of 0.36 and at that level crystals will not form in your blood.

"Then you can drink beer, eat moana and don't worry about gout attacks."

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