Gout Information

This article is an exceprt from arthritisnsw.org.au

The information provided below has been written for people affected by gout. It provides general information to help you understand gout and how to manage it. This sheet also covers ways to try to prevent gout and where to find more information.

What is gout?
Gout is a common and painful condition that affects the joints. Small crystals form in and around the joint, causing inflammation, pain and swelling. These crystals are made of one of the body’s normal waste products, uric acid. Normally the body rids itself of extra uric acid through the kidneys into the urine. However this does not happen fast enough in people with gout. This causes uric acid levels to build up and the crystals to form.

Who is affected by gout?
There are two main groups of people commonly affected by gout:
• men between the ages of 40 and 50 years
• older people taking diuretics (also known as ‘water pills’ or tablets which help the body get rid of water).

Gout in pre-menopausal women is rare and your doctor may wish to further investigate your symptoms.

What are the symptoms?
An attack of gout usually comes on very quickly, often overnight. The joint becomes very red, swollen and extremely painful. Often the joint is intensely sore to touch. Gout normally affects one joint at a time, often the joint of the big toe. Other joints, such as the hands, wrists, knees, ankles and elbows, can also be affected by gout.

What causes it?
Gout is usually caused by your kidneys not flushing uric acid out of your body quickly enough. Gout runs in families, although not all family members will be affected. There are some lifestyle factors which may increase your risk of developing gout, including:

• drinking alcohol
• dehydration (not drinking enough water)
• being overweight or overeating
• ‘crash’ dieting or fasting
• eating certain foods

Taking diuretics (water tablets) and/or having kidney disease also increases your risk of developing gout.

How is it diagnosed?
Gout is diagnosed by finding crystals of uric acid in fluid taken from your joint. Your doctor may test your urine to see if your body is getting rid of extra amounts of uric acid. Uric acid levels can also be measured by blood tests, however these are not always accurate. Uric acid levels may be normal or even lowered during an attack or gout. Blood tests are most useful in ruling out other types of joint infections or arthritis. X-rays are often normal in the early stages of gout so are not very useful in diagnosing gout.

What will happen to me?
Without treatment, a gout attack usually lasts about one week. Another attack may not happen for months or even years. If gout is not managed well, the time between attacks may get shorter, the attacks more severe and the joints can be permanently damaged. Sometimes gout can progress into a chronic (long term) condition, causing:
• constant mild pain & inflammation of the affected joints
• tophi – solid deposits (lumps) of uric acid crystals, especially on the ears, fingers, hands, forearms, knees, and elbow
• kidney stones.

What can I do during a gout attack?
You should see your doctor when you have your first attack of gout. Your doctor will recommend certain medicines to reduce pain and inflammation caused by gout, including:
• non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
• corticosteroid injections or tablets
• colchicine.

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If you have gout, you may be looking for anything to help the pain associated with gout. Many people with gout have added tart cherry juice to their daily diet to help control gout attacks.

Various research articles from around the globe point to tart cherry consumption possibly reducing uric acid levels, which may provide a beneficial effect for those who suffer from symptoms of gout. Some articles are listed on this website. Please consult your doctor as vitamin supplements or cherry juice should not replace prescriptions or medications provided by your doctor or pharmacist.

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Gout Diet

Gout Diet Plan

Eating the right diet if you have gout will generally mean you will need to follow a low purine diet. A low purine diet or “gout diet” may see you limit meat, poultry and fish. Cut back on fatty foods, limit or avoid alcohol and choose complex carbohydrates. You may also need to choose low fat or no fat dairy products and increase your water intake. Purines occur naturally in your body, but also come from eating certain foods, such as organ meats, anchovies, herring, asparagus, mushrooms and of course drinking beer in particular.

Gout is a painful form of Arthritis which has long been related with diet, predominantly excess meat, seafood and alcohol. Therefore, treatment used to consist of strict dietary restraints that made the diet hard to adhere to. Luckily, newer medications to treat Gout have reduced the need for a Stringent Gout Diet. Gout pops up when elevated levels of uric acid in your blood form crystals and gather around a joint. Your body manufactures uric acid when it breaks down purines. Purines occur naturally in your body but you also get them from eating certain foods, such as organ meats, anchovies, herring, asparagus and mushrooms. The Diet is not a treatment for Gout, but may help you control your attacks. Gout diets resemble a simply healthy diet. Although eating foods rich in purines does contribute to the total amount of uric acid in the blood it is not the only cause.

Avoid Foods High in Purines.

Beer, anchovies, organ meat (brains, kidney, liver), game meats such as venison,  rich gravies, yeast, meat extracts, sardines, herring, mackerel, scallops are all high in purines so therefore these must be avoided.

Foods Helpful for Gout

Cherry juice or Tart Cherry Extract and strawberries have been found helpful. Some chemicals contained in Dark Berries may help reduce the inflammation and lower the uric acid.

  • Oily fish like salmon, or fatty acids in flax seed or olive oil or nuts may reduce inflammation too.
  • It is thought that tofu (from soybeans) instead of meat could also be helpful.
  • Eating more dairy products (regardless of fat content) helps decrease blood uric acid levels. Drinking skim or low-fat milk and eating foods made with them, such as yogurt, help reduce the risk of gout. Aim for adequate dairy intake of 16 to 24 fluid ounces (473 to 710 milliliters) daily.
  • Supplementation of 500 mg per day of Vitamin C may be helpful.
  • Fruit reduces risk of getting Gout
  • Cherries have been proven to help joint health and Gout.
  • A high intake of vegetable protein helps in Gout.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, particularly water. Fluids can help remove uric acid from your body. Aim for eight to 16 glasses a day.
  • Eat more whole grains, fruits and vegetables and fewer refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, cakes and lollies.

Foods Low in Purines
Butter, Bread, Cheese Of All Kinds, Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee, Corn Bread, Eggs, Fats Of Any Kind, Fruits Of All Kinds, Fruit Juices, Gelatin, Jello, Macaroni, Milk, Noodles, Nuts Of All Kinds (Remember These Are High In Fat), Rice, Sugar, Sweets, Tapioca, Tea, Wheat Bread & Wheat Products.

Vegetables Low in Purines
Artichokes, Beets, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Endive, Kohrabi, Lettuce, Okra, Parnsips, Potato, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Sauerkraut, String Beans, Summer Squash, Swiss Chard, Tomato, Turnips.

Sample Menu – Gout Diet

Breakfast

  • Bran Bread sandwich
  • Fresh fruit juice
  • Cornflakes
  • Skimmed milk
  • Yogurt

Lunch

  • Salad with green vegetables and fruits
  • slice of ham in a sandwich with Peanut butter
  • Baked potatoes
  • Fruits

Dinner

  • Baked white fish
  • Sauteed vegetables
  • Plain white rice
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Lean meat

 Please note this is a sample diet for informational purposes only, please consult your doctor or physician before changing or commencing any diet plan.


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