For anyone suffering from gout it use to mean a strict diet that would cut out many of your favorite foods . But new research is challenging the old notions of what is good and bad for this type of arthritis. Two things for certain with the old way is that being over weight and having high levels of uric acid in your blood would sky rocket your risk for gout.So traditional treatments would always focused on a diet that would cut out high purines, a protein that breaks down into uric acid inside your body. They also recommended that you loose those extra pounds and try to remain trim and fit for life
What gout ultimately would mean for you is that you would have to skip or eliminate many of your favorite foods to avoid purines. This would include most meats, sea foods , alcohol, and many plant foods such as spinach, and beans because they are bursting with them. On top of that you would be forever on a diet because you would need to watch your weight rather closely. The problem with that is that most people can`t stick to a strict diet plan for the rest of their life, but unfortunately this has been the diet plan for gout patients up until now.
So welcome to the new diet plan. Evidence is now showing that cutting out high purine rich foods has little effect on uric acid, and many experts are thinking it is time to start changing the game plan when it comes to dealing with gout. The new and more modern gout diet, was originally created by scientists, for people who were insulin resistant, a condition which is linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Like gout, insulin resistant is also marked by high uric acid levels, which lead researchers to believe too much uric acid could be a warning sign for more serious health problems .
In a recent study thirteen men with gouty arthritis tried the new diet for four months. They lost and average of 17 pounds, and their uric acid levels dropped dropped by 20 percent. They had two thirds fewer flare ups and lowered their cholesterol and best of all most of them managed to stay on the diet and maintain these benefits for over a year.
So here is the new diet plan which was used in the study, that seems simple enough for anyone to follow.
- Eat no more than 1600 calories a day.Get 30 % of those ( 480 calories ) from protein
- 30 % from fat
- 40% (640 calories) from carbohydrates.
- There is no limit on purine rich foods but weight loss is still a major goal.
- Boosting your proteins, fats,and carbs doesn’t mean you can eat T-bone steak every night,load up on those fatty french fries, or munch on all the potato chips you want.The focus is on eating healthier sources of these nutrients, and here are a few more tips to make the most of this diet.
- Cut back on calories. Divide those 1600 calories among three to five small meals through out the day rather than two or three large ones.
- Swap out the fats. Cut back on saturated fats found in foods like dairy products and load up instead on heart healthy unsaturated fats in fish, poultry, nuts, peanut butter,avocados,and olive oil.
- Get smart with carbohydrates, choose the complex sugars in fruit and vegetables, rather than refined sugars in candy, chips and sodas
- Eat more fish. The men in this study ate at least four servings of fish each week including salmon, haddock,mackerel, and trout which are terrific sources of proteins and healthy polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Discuss this new diet plan for gout patients with your doctor if you think it could work for you.While diet does make a difference, many medication can also help ease your gout pain and prevent future flare ups.So go over your choices before trying to treat yourself.
- Beware of drugs that trigger gout When it comes to gout, the danger isn`t all in what you eat.Certain drugs can also set you up for painful attacks.
- Aspirin even as little as 75 mg can affect how well your kidneys flush out uric acid, which is a serious problem for gout suffers. While baby aspirin is still generally considered as safe experts warn against taking a large dose such as 1,000 to 2,000 mg if you have gout..
- Water pills. Doctors often prescribe these drugs, known as thiazide diuretics, for high blood pressure, but they have been linked to gout in older women with kidney problems.
- Allopurinol . This medication is actually used to treat gout, but it can trigger flare ups when you first begin taking it.
- Discuss these risks with your doctor but never take yourself off any medications with out your doctors approval.