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Thursday, 23 September 2021 17:35

COLUMN: What is gout?

CHERAW, S.C. — Gout is the buildup of uric acid in the body’s joints. Uric acid is a byproduct of purine metabolism in the body. Normally it is excreted in the urine, but higher levels can build up. When it does, uric acid forms crystals in the cooler joints in the body, most commonly at the base of the big toe, although it can affect the foot, ankle, knees, wrists, or elbows. These crystals make a strong inflammatory response very quickly and the pain can be excruciating.

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CHERAW, S.C. — Diabetes is a health condition that affects how the body turns food into energy. Most of the food one eats breaks down into sugar, also known as glucose, and then it is released into the bloodstream. As the blood sugar elevates, the pancreas releases insulin. Insulin allows the blood sugar into the body’s cells to use as energy.

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