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May 27, 2011 at 11:00 AMComments: 3 Faves: 0

Naturally Control Your Gout

By Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD More Blogs by This Author

The majority of people can eat whatever they want and not have to worry about gout.  Their kidneys do a good job of filtering out the uric acid that is in their blood.  If you have had a gouty attack or if you have high uric acid levels, then your kidneys do not filter out uric acid well, and a few diet and lifestyle changes can make a big difference!

When talking about changes to help prevent gout, I like to break it up into two categories: habits to avoid, because they tend to set off gout. Habits to develop, because they help prevent gouty attacks.

Habits to Avoid

Foods to avoid include alcohol, red meats, organ meats (like kidney and liver), seafood, and sugar-sweetened drinks. There is some controversy regarding nuts, some experts say eating nuts will increase purine levels and set off gout, others say they do not.  Interestingly, total protein consumption and eating vegetables high in protein does not set off gout.

Habits to Develop

1. Staying Hydrated. Dehydration can make it for likely for the uric acid to crystallize.

2. Getting to a Healthy Weight. Eating 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and getting to a healthy weight can dramatically lower uric acid levels and decrease the chances of gout.

3. High Dose Vitamin C. Studies show that taking 1,500 mg of vitamin C per day decreases the risk of gout by 45%, when compared to taking 250 mg per day.

4. Coffee. Drinking coffee is associated with decreased risk of gout.

5. Dairy. Regular dairy consumption is associated with decreased risk of gout.

6. Becoming Physically Fit. Improving your lean body mass (meaning loosing fat, gaining muscle) decreases the risk of gout.

Stay Healthy!

Dr. Jeff

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  • I had a gout attack 3 months ago. My doc prescribed me with allupurinol and colchicine to stop the pain and swelling. It took about two months before the gout was under control. I learned about foods to avoid and gout home remedies as habit to develop. I will now continue drinking coffee with less sugar and take 1500 mg of vitamin c on a daily basis.

  • Hello, first of all I apologize for my English :-) Well, I diagnosed myself with the gout just now after I spend some hour in Internet. I've been seen by many docs but it seems to me all what they care about it is MONEY... Sad, isn't it? I even had a surgery several months ago and still suffer from stiffness and pain. At least since now I know what I have to do and how I can try to treat this trouble. Thank you.

  • Monitoring uric acid levels is very important with gout. Try a home uric acid meter to gain control over gout attacks.

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