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30 Jan 2006

Gout
Hi.
Everytime I loose weight my uric acid levels increase and I get gout.I am a very active person and get frustrated that I cannot exercise. Can you please advise me on the do's and don'ts of gout as I have been drinking plenty of water and eating fish,chicken and salad and nothing has improved.
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Graeme
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Graeme
It is a well known fact that losing weight will exacerbate uric acid levels and gout symptoms. Patients are usually advised to lose weight very slowly (0,5 kg per week) to prevent this reaction. I trust that you are receiving medical treatment for your gout? If not, discuss these options with your gp. If you have gout, then you need to avoid a buildup of uric acid in the body. Excessive uric acid buildup is caused by a disorder in the metabolism of so-called "purines", which are compounds that occur in high quantities in red meat, organ meats (brains, liver, kidneys, sweetbreads), anchovies, meat extracts, broth, bouillon, and gravies made from meat drippings, sardines, herrings, mackerel, mussels, partridge, fish roes, baker's and brewer's yeast taken as supplements. Beans, pulses, spinach, asparagus and mushrooms have a moderate purine content and can be eaten in moderate quantities. Other vegetables and fruits have a negligible purine content and can be eaten freely. Alcohol and rich, fatty foods also exacerbate the condition.
Best regards
DietDoc
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