How To Start Diet For People With Gout
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Gout, you will need to know how to start a diet for people with Gout. In recent years medications to treat Gout have made the dietary restrictions associated with the disease easier to manage and follow. The painful symptoms of Gout are actually caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood, which cause crystals to form that tend to accumulate around the joints throughout the body. When certain foods have been ingested and are broken down within the body, they produce purines, which are then broken down and form uric acid. Altering your diet allows you to limit the excess uric acid in your blood, which will help to control the symptoms associated with Gout. High protein diets can also be responsible for causing a Gout attack.
Items you will want to limit include:
- Animal proteins (including organ meat, red meat, pork, and lamb, fatty fish and seafood)
- Alcohol (particularly beer, which is linked to Gout attacks)
Adjusting your diet by limiting or eliminating some of the items above will be very helpful for controlling Gout symptoms.
- It's best to strictly limit or eliminate anchovies, herring, fatty fish and seafood including tuna, scallops, lobsters, and shrimp from your diet. All of these items will cause the uric acid levels in your blood to rise and will eventually cause the crystals to be deposited around your joints if you are prone to or are suffering from Gout.
Try to limit your intake of animals proteins such as those found in red meat, lamb, pork, and organ meats. If you do consume these items, try to limit your intake totals to no more than four to six ounces per day.
Limit or eliminate alcohol from your diet. Beer in particular has been linked to Gout attacks and should be avoided. When you are not having a Gout attack, one or two five ounce glasses of wine is unlikely to increase your risk.
- It's a good idea to cut down on the amount of sugar in your diet. Diets that are high in sugar may be associated with obesity, which increases your chances of having problems. If you are overweight or obese, losing some of the extra pounds will help your overall health.
It's also important to drink plenty of water to help flush the excess uric acid from your system. Staying hydrated is important for individuals suffering from Gout. If you drink low fat or fat-free milk, it's possible that this will help reduce your risk of Gout. Studies shown that yogurt and low fat or fat-free dairy products may help to lower the overall risk of developing Gout.
It's tough to make big changes and it's important to realize that you may not have to completely eliminate all of these items, but lowering your intake will definitely improve your Gout symptoms and help to prevent future attacks. Once you have started your diet for people with Gout, you will find that it's easier than you think to control these items in your diet and perhaps to add other items to your diet that you enjoy and won't increase your risks for a Gout attack.