Gotta, Disease of the Rich

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Piero de Medici, father of Lorenzo the Magnificent, say “The Gouty”

The gotta is a disease that afflicted many famous people from the past.

He suffered, among others, Henry VIII, i Medici (you see http://www.pilloledistoria.it/9738/storia-moderna/perche-piero-de-medici-detto-gottoso), Luigi XIV (you see http://www.pilloledistoria.it/9610/storia-moderna/luigi-xiv-vino-aromatizzato-curare-la-gamba-del-re) and maybe Christopher Columbus (you see http://www.pilloledistoria.it/8890/storia-moderna/gotta-poliartrite-reumatoide-cosa-soffriva-cristoforo-colombo).

It's about a acute inflammatory form that affects the joints, especially legs and arms, causing pain, nuisance, redness and swelling.

Movements become very difficult and the quality of life is affected significantly.

The cause is due to’accumulation of uric acid in the tissues, a condition that stems mainly from a certain genetic predisposition and an inadequate lifestyle.

In past centuries, when a real nutrition education did not exist, They are often brought to the table fat food, Alcohol and meat, especially game, or the major responsible for the accumulation of uric acid in the body.

For this reason, gout was considered the “disease of kings and wealthy”, the only ones to be able to afford such expensive food.

I poveri, for necessity, they simply more frugal meals, but certainly healthier (Photo gives: kleio.org).

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