There’s no way to sugarcoat it. Heart failure is on another level from all of the other heart conditions out there for one key reason.
It’s deadlier. A LOT deadlier.
Half of all heart failure patients lose their battle within five years or less. Which means the clock could already be ticking.
The best way to beat heart failure it is to spot the very first warning signs and take action FAST. Act quickly enough, and you could still reverse the tragic course of this disease.
Today, I’ve got what could be one of the earliest warning signs of all. And you’ll never believe where you’ll need to look for it.
Because it’s not in the heart itself. And it isn’t any of those other warning signs we routinely check, such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure, or blood sugar.
In fact, as this new study shows, we’ve been looking in the wrong place all along.
Focus on your FEET to fight deadly heart failure
Your foot is a long way away from your heart. Yet, as strange as it seems, a common condition that pounds you right in the big toe could be the mysterious first clue of heart failure risk.
And that makes this warning sign your first, and maybe best, shot at stopping it in its tracks. Because heart failure CAN’T kill you if you DON’T have it.
I’m talking about gout, of course. This painful form of arthritis strikes the joints in the foot, most infamously the big toe.
It’s been described as having shards of broken glass inside the toe. And that’s not all that far from what’s really going on.
That excruciating foot pain is caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals around the joint. And under a microscope, those crystals really do look a lot like glass shards.
But the new study shows how it’s not just toe pain you have to worry about. Because gout could DOUBLE the risk of heart failure in seniors.
Target uric acid to slash pain AND heart risk
The study doesn’t get into the details on WHY the two conditions might be connected. But it almost certainly comes down to those uric acid crystals.
They’re formed by excess uric acid in the blood, which gets “stuck” around the toe and builds up there, causing that infamous gout pain.
But excess uric acid in the blood, in general, is bad news. It has been linked to heart failure and other chronic conditions, including kidney disease.
Of course, the first step in cutting uric acid is to adjust your diet. If you have any signs of gout, you’ll want to cut back on foods that contain compounds called purines. When purines break down, they produce uric acid.
Foods that are higher in purines include…
- sugary foods and drinks
- organ meats such as liver
- beer and liquor
- wild game such as deer
- higher fat meats and dairy foods
- some seafood (tuna, sardines, herring, mussels, trout, haddock, and anchovies)
Now keep in mind that not all of these foods are unhealthy. In fact, there are some highly nutritious choices on that list. But folks who are prone to excess uric acid can often benefit from cutting back on some of them.
And reducing excess uric acid could help you avoid painful gout flare-ups as well as potentially reduce your heart failure risk.
But that’s not the only action to take. Step two is to boost your levels of vitamin C through diet and supplements if needed.
This vital nutrient naturally helps flush uric acid out of the blood. Foods rich in vitamin C include strawberries, broccoli, kiwi, kale, sweet potatoes, papaya, peppers, and cantaloupe.
And if you’re battling a painful episode of gout, there’s a third step to take. Turn to cherries.
Sour or tart cherry extract not only can help fight excess uric acid, but it can also help break up those deposits around the toe. And that, of course, can end the pain and possibly help prevent future gout flare-ups and reduce your heart failure risk too.
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