Gout - Natural Ways to Prevent Gout Attacks

Natural Ways to Prevent Gout Attacks.

Simple lifestyle measures and supplements can help to prevent gout attacks naturally. The aim is to reduce uric acid levels.

Weight loss. If you are overweight then try to lose weight. Avoid diets that increase uric acid levels such as starvation diets or high protein diets. Just eat sensibly with plenty of fruit and vegetables incorporated into the diet.

What not to eat: some foods cause the levels of uric acid to rise and therefore increase the risk of a gout attack. Foods that are high in protein, such as a lot of meat, liver, kidneys, oxo and seafood - anchovies, crab, fish roes, herring, mackerel, shrimp - all fall into this category. If you enjoy these foods, have them in moderation.

What not to drink: if you drink a lot of alcohol, reduce this - you don’t need to stop altogether – and avoid binge drinking. Recommended levels of alcohol for men are 21 units per week and for women 14 units.

Alcohol increases uric acid retention and blood levels in the body.

A lot of sugar-sweetened drinks can also cause uric acid levels to rise. These are things like fruit juices and soda drinks. If you can, cut them out or switch to diet soda.

Yeast extract drinks (eg Marmite) cause uric acid levels to increase.

What to drink: alcohol in moderation is ok.

Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluid – 2 litres per day is recommended; more if you’re exercising or the weather is hot; less if you have a condition that means you shouldn’t.

Vitamin C supplements: a large medical study from 2009 showed that vitamin C supplements can reduce the risk of gout attacks if your diet is low in vitamin C. In the study people taking 1500mg vitamin C had a 45% lower risk of gout attacks as it’s thought that the vitamin reduces the blood level of uric acid.

Do: have your blood pressure checked regularly as people with gout often have high blood pressure.

Do: discuss other meds you’re taking with your doctor as some can cause gout.

Do: discuss medical prevention of gout attacks with your doctor.

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