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How Is Gout Affected By Alcohol And Tobacco
Nicotine addiction: Nicotine is a powerful vasoconstrictor. For each cigarette smoked the arteries constrict for about an hour with the result of 50% reduction in blood flow. Nicotine shuts down your circulation. Many with nicotine addiction like its calming effect, which long term leads to ischemic complications like stroke, heart attack, limb loss and sudden death. Hope you can quit. Small amounts red wine okay. ...Read more
Fair question: but one that should be directed more towards the people who write the laws, not to a physician. Alcohol prohibition was tried between 1919-1933 and ultimately repealed with a constitutional amendment rescinding prohibition. Prohibitions against drugs appear sometimes to have very little to do with the actual danger of the drug, and more to do with public perceptions, politics and God knows what. ...Read more
Its not a contest: What's better for your health, great sleep, excellent nutrition, or a positive outlook on life? Answer: all of the above! (i don't mean to be snarky). There is no level of tobacco or heroin that's ok. Alcohol is a different story, but it's not clear whether there is a 'healthy' amount, or if drinking a small amount does not worsen your health risk. Heroin and tobacco are both highly addictive. ...Read more
I had abt 4 shots of alcohol last nite. This mornin i woke up and vomited. It had black specks in it like tobacco what is causing this?
Cut way, way back on alcohol since May but had an ALT of 66 in FEB. Use Dip Tobacco, Slight diet change and more active. Will Alt be better?
What could be some causes for reoccurring gout in an individual that is athletic and diet is all in moderation. Some alcohol 3-4 per week?. Thanks!
Gout causes : Gout can be related to diet but sometimes no specific dietary influences are found. It's often due to a metabolic defect whereby you produce too much uric acid. This can then crystalize in a joint and cause severe pain. Have you had your uric acids level checked ? If it's raised and you are having recurrent attacks you might want to consider a medication called allopurinol. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different dangers: Too little is known about ecstasy for anybody to say. Right or wrong, marijuana is illegal and poses dangers to you, from job loss to making it impossible for you to get an organ transplant to cure your alcoholic liver disease. That alcohol ruins the lives of abusers & their families is obvious, and tobacco is the great avoidable life-shortener of the world. How about "none of the above" for you? ...Read more
What are the possible ways to test for tobacco, alcohol and mariujana In a person? Though he has quit on all of these a month ago.
Blood, urine, Saliva: There are tests using any of the above body fluids. If tobacco and alcohol were last used a month ago they will not show in a body fluid test. If you were a heavy marijuana user, it is possible that it could still show positive in body fluid test. There are also drug tests that use hair. On that test, any substance use in the past 90 days will show up. ...Read more
Had first gout attack 3 months ago, since then I've made a real effort to change diet, cut out alcohol, lose weight, but having attacks now. Normal?
Yes: Diet is one contributing factor to but certain characteristics of your body also play a role. Your body is either over producing uric acid or not eliminating enough uric acid. That Is WHY you are having attacks. A doctor can prescribe medicine to help you with that. Also, certain arthritic conditions can mimic gout so a thorough workup would be a very good idea. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Makes it worse: Alcohol increases the level of uric acid, which is the chemical responsible for gout in predisposed individuals. In some people, gout only occurs when they are drinking. The byproducts of alcohol are excreted preferentially to the byproducts of uric acid, raising their levels, in some people raising them markedly. People with gout should not use alcohol, or drink very sparingly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: On what you are most addicted to. Most addicts find that they have a "drug of choice", and that is the one that is the hardest to quit. ...Read more
Pick your poison.: All are addictive and usually have physical addictions as well a psychological components. There is no way to score one higher than another. Just pick one and start from there. Talk to your family doctor. ...Read more
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