The Symptoms Of Gout Are Related To Excess Uric Acid
Rates of gout have skyrocketed in the UK, rising 64 percent between 1997 and 2012 High levels of uric acid are associated with gout, and one of the primary ways that uric acid levels are increased is by eating too much fructose If you struggle with gout, eliminating or strictly limiting fructose is an important step to recovery First, cut out soda, fruit drinks, and other sweetened beverages, as these types of drinks are a primary source of excessive fructose By Dr. Mercola Rates of gout have skyrocketed in the UK, rising 64 percent between 1997 and 2012.1 That equates to about a four percent rise every year, and this painful condition now affects one in 40 people! Unfortunately, many of the media outlets that picked up this story have been focusing on the researchers' finding that access to medication was a problem, and rates of people using uric-acid-lowering medications remained "suboptimal." If you struggle with gout, as increasing numbers of people do, the message to take home is that you don't need to take drugs to deal with this potentially excruciating condition. You can address the underlying cause of excess uric acid formation through all natural means, and very effectively at that. Gout is, after all, primarily a lifestyle-related disease. Uric acid is a normal waste product found in your blood. High levels of uric acid are associated with gout, which is a type of painful arthritis and inflammation, and about half the time, targets the base of the big toe. It has been known for some time that people with high blood pressure, overweight, and people with kidney disease often have high uric acid levels as well. Uric acid functions both as an antioxidant and as a pro-oxidant once inside your cells. So, if you lower uric acid too much, you lose its antioxidant ben Continue reading >>
Too Many Carbohydrates Cause Gout
What is Gout? Gout is a common form of arthritis that has been recognized for centuries. Patients often will complain of experiencing recurrent episodes of pain and inflammation in a joint, particularly the large toe and usually lasts for 1-2 weeks. It is often associated with obesity and excessive alcohol consumption. The incidence of gout seems to be increasing along with the incidence of obesity and diabetes in the U.S. Although men are affected more often than women, many women suffer from gout as well. Pain and Inflammation The pain of gout is due to an inflammatory reaction triggered by a buildup of uric acid in the joint. Uric acid (otherwise known as urate) is a normal waste product of protein metabolism. When concentrations of uric acid build up in the blood stream, they seep into the fluid of our joints and can trigger a painful inflammatory reaction. Why the reaction often occurs first in the joint of the large toe is generally unknown. It can also occur in the ankle initially and less commonly the knee. The conventional approach to the treatment of gout is to provide medications that either reduce inflammation during an acute episode of pain or lower the level of uric acid in the blood. Both approaches help reduce the pain and frequency of attacks but neither addresses the underlying cause of gout. Too Many Carbohydrates Cause Gout For centuries, gout has been associated with obesity and overindulgence in alcohol. As I have discussed before, obesity is linked to development of insulin resistance which also causes elevated triglycerides, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, chronic kidney disease and heart attacks and elevated uric acid levels. The greater the degree of obesity, the more likely a person seems to be predisposed to develop gout. Elevated insu Continue reading >>
Will Eating A Paleo Diet Cause Gout?
This article is part of a special report on Red Meat. To see the other articles in this series, click here. A common question I get from readers is whether a Paleo-type diet will increase their risk for gout. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, forming crystal deposits in the joints, tendons, and surrounding tissue. Gout typically affects the feet in general and big toe joint specifically, and causes severe pain and swelling. In the past, gout was referred to as a “rich man’s disease”, as it typically affected the upper class and royalty who could afford “rich” foods like meat, sugar, and alcohol. Uric acid is a byproduct of the metabolism of purines, one of two types of nitrogenous bases that form the basic structure of DNA and RNA. While purines are present in all foods, they are typically higher in many of the foods emphasized on a nutrient-dense Paleo diet, such as red meat, turkey, organ meats, and certain types of fish and seafood. Patients with gout are often advised to reduce or eliminate these purine-rich foods with the goal of preventing excess uric acid production, thereby reducing the symptoms of gout. And research has confirmed the association between high purine intakes and acute gout attacks, suggesting that those diagnosed with gout would benefit from a reduction in purine-rich foods. (1, 2) So, do we need reconsider recommendations to eat foods like liver, sardines, red meat, mussels, and other traditional foods? Do these nutrient-dense, purine-rich foods really cause gout? Are those of us following a Paleo-style diet putting ourselves at greater risk for this painful, debilitating condition? Does eating meat and fish increase your risk for gout? Inflammation as a cause of gout attacks Continue reading >>
Study Identifies Natural Gout Remedy With This Diet
A new study published in the journal Cell Reports suggests that a ketogenic (high fat, low carb) diet may be helpful in treating the symptoms of gout. What is Gout? Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that results from an imbalance in the production and secretion of uric acid. Uric acid, a normal byproduct of metabolic processes, is typically dissolved in the blood and then excreted from the body through the urine. However, when the body is unable to properly break down uric acid, blood levels rise, and the excess is deposited in bodily tissues. The “needle-like” uric acid crystals irritate the area where they are deposited, triggering inflammation, swelling, and severe pain. When uric acid accumulates around the joints it is known as “tophi,” and can manifest as jelly like lumps under the skin. When uric acid crystals collect in the kidneys, it can result in kidney stones. The Role Of Ketosis Recent research out of the laboratory of Vishwa Deep Dixit, professor of comparative medicine and immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, suggests that symptoms of gout may be managed with a ketogenic diet. Ketogenic diets are typically implemented for weight loss, or to treat childhood epilepsy. The diet involves a significant reduction of carbohydrate intake favoring moderate protein and high fat foods. This starves the central nervous system of glucose and prompts the liver to metabolise fats producing fatty acids and ketone bodies. This is referred to as the physiologic state of ketosis. The new study focuses on one of these ketone bodies in particular called beta-hydroxybutyrate, or BHB. The researchers suggest that BHB may be responsible for the noticeable effect of ketosis on the symptoms of gout. BHB, Inflammation, and Gout Episodes of immun Continue reading >>
How To Cure Gout
How to Cure Gout Gout, or elevated levels of uric acid, is one of the most commonly mistakenly fixed with a diet that is low in protein and high in fructose. The prevalence of gout seems to have doubled over the last 25 years.Uric acid accumulates and crystallizes into needle-sharp urate crystals. These crystals then lodge in the soft tissues and in the joints of the extremities most commonly, the big toe. This causes inflammation, swelling and terrible pain. Uric acid is a breakdown of protein compounds known as purines; which are the building blocks of amino acids. High concentrations of purines are found in meat, SO we assumed that the primary cause of elevated uric acid levels in the blood is caused by an excess of meat consumption. The actual cause, has been quite shocking! Just as low sodium diet has been proven to NOT help with lowering blood pressure and a cholesterol-free diet doesn’t help with decreasing heart disease, a low-purine diet has no effect on uric acid levels! A vegetarian diet will drop serum uric acid levels by only about 10% compared to a typical American diet, but that isn’t going to do much to decrease the gout and the pain that is being experienced. Another shocking piece of evidence is that eating additional protein increases the excretion of uric acid from the kidney! This decreases the level of uric acid in the blood; therefore the high protein diets are helpful, even if the purines aren’t. Now let’s look at the true culprit…Insulin resistance DOES raise uric acid levels. This happens because it decreases uric acid elimination by the kidney; the same way it raises blood pressure by decreasing sodium excretion. So raised insulin levels will raise uric acid levels and can cause gout. Therefore a high carbohydrate diet is one large p Continue reading >>
Ketogenic Diet May Protect Against Gout
New research examines the effects of a high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet on both rodents and humans, and suggests that it can alleviate the symptoms of gout. Gout is a rheumatic disease that affects more than 8 million people in the United States. It is caused by either an excessive production or insufficient excretion of uric acid. In gout, the uric acid crystals sediment in tissues and fluids, triggering the body's immune cells. This results in disabling pain, inflammation, and fever. These episodes of immune cell reactivation, also known as flares, are triggered by a protein complex called the NLRP3 inflammasome. New research from the laboratory of Vishwa Deep Dixit - professor of comparative medicine and immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT - suggests that the so-called ketogenic diet may help to relieve the symptoms of gout. A ketogenic diet is low in carbohydrates and typically used to lose weight. Ketogenic diets work by inducing "physiological ketosis" in the body - a state of the metabolism where the body's reserves of glucose are no longer enough for the body's central nervous system. The central nervous system then needs an alternative source of energy, so it makes the liver turn fats into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The new study - published in the journal Cell Reports - suggests that one of these ketone bodies, the beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), may alleviate urate crystal-induced gout. Ketogenic diet increases BHB, protects against gout-related inflammation The research team developed a new model of gout flares in rodents. As the researchers explain, these flares are triggered by the NLRP3 inflammasome. With the help of neutrophils - the most common type of white blood cell - NLRP3 activates the IL-1B pro-inflammatory cytokine, leading Continue reading >>
1: Kidney Stones, Gout, & Heart Palpitations On Keto
Today we officially kickoff this brand new podcast dedicated to answering listeners questions about the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet. It’s called Keto Talk with Jimmy Moore & The Doc (now available to listen and subscribe on iTunes) featuring 10-year veteran health podcaster Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Arizona osteopath and bariatric physician Dr. Adam Nally from “Doc Muscles.” These two are a keto power pair ready to take on your most pressing questions about this way of eating. KEY QUOTE: “If you cheat on your ketogenic diet, then you are at risk of a kidney stone or gout. The point is if you’re gonna cheat, you’re gonna pay for it.” — Dr. Adam Nally Here’s what Jimmy and Adam talked about in Episode 1: – The beginning of this new podcast devoted to keto – How Adam uses ketogenic diets with his patients – Adam’s father who died early from diabetes issues – Follow Jimmy and Adam on Periscope – Whether keto creates or prevents kidney stones – Why it’s not a good idea to cheat on your low-carb diet – How cheating, not keto, is what leads to gout – Whether a ketogenic diet causes heart palpitations – How to best balance your electrolytes starting keto – The problem with caffeine on your cortisol levels WORLD’S 1ST REUSABLE BREATH KETONE ANALYZER NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE: Paid sponsorshipTHE WORLD’S FIRST EXOGENOUS KETONES SUPPLEMENT NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE: Paid sponsorshipLINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE 1 – SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Get the 2015 Ketonix breath ketone analyzer from Ketonix.com – SUPPORT OUR SPONSOR: Try the KETO//OS exogenous ketones supplement – Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” – Dr. Adam Nally, DO from DocMuscles.com – Jimmy Moore on Periscope Continue reading >>
Gout And Ketogenic Diet
How Gout and the Ketogenic Diet Affects You A ketogenic diet is a diet with extremely low or no carbohydrates diet which makes the body go into a state known as ketosis. When the body is in the state of ketosis, the carbohydrates levels are low and this causes the blood sugar levels to drop and the body begins to break down fat to produce energy. Normally, the body relies on dietary energy sources as well as on the stored energy, which in most cases is always in the form of stored fats. When the body is exposed to ketogenic diet, it implies that the dietary carbohydrates will be kept very low, thus leaving the body to rely on stored fats to provide the primary source of fuel, a process which also ends up producing ketones from the stored fats. It should be noted, therefore, that a ketogenic diet is a high fat diet and not a high protein diet as has always been portrayed. Studies have suggested that high fat low carb ketogenic diet can help to alleviate the symptoms of gout. Gout symptoms are normally triggered by the NLRP3 inflammasome with the aid of neutrophilis. What happens is that the NLRP3 activates the 1L-1B pro-inflammatory cytokine which then leads to bouts of intense pain at the joints, fever, as well as the destruction of the joints. According to the studies conducted on rodent models, researchers induced gout in rats by injecting 1.25mg of monosodium urate on the knee, after which the knee’s thickness was measured and pathology analysis performed on the menisci and the ligaments. Human subjects were also used during the research where steroid free adults between the ages of 18 and 45 years and adults above the ages of 65 years. All the participants in the studies were not fasting at the time when there peripheral blood was collected. The studies concluded Continue reading >>
Steve Phinney And Richard Johnson: Ketones, Uric Acid, High Fat And Health
Note from Steve Phinney: What this shows is that uric acid goes up promptly in the same time frame that ketones go up, but after 4-6 weeks, despite ketones staying up, uric acid starts to come back down. Based on these data and my clinical observations in thousands of patients, uric acid returns to or below pre-diet baseline within 6-12 weeks despite the person remaining is a state of nutritional ketosis. Thus, when I’m asked how long ketoadaptation aks, I generally respond that some aspects of it take 6 weeks or more. This graph, by the way, shows blood uric acid levels from the untrained subjects (VT) and bicycle racers (MIT) at various times over 4-6 weeks of sustained carbohydrate restriction (aka keto-adaptation). LISTEN (50 Minutes) EDITOR’S NOTE: Sometimes, the divide between experts who advise against a high-fat, low-carb diet and those who recommend it seems larger than the Grand Canyon. But occasionally, top thinkers from both sides break through to discover common ground, along with new paths for exploration. With that in mind, here’s a discussion between two nationally recognized health researchers which refers to the uric data in this chart . . . and more. To see the charts in larger format, click on them, and they should enlarge. Before going to the transcripts of this interview, here’s more background: Dr. Steve Phinney is emeritus professor of medicine at UC-Davis and a world-renowned expert on high fat diets, including how they affect uric acid levels. Dr. RIck Johnson is a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado who’s an expert on fructose metabolism (fructose accounts for much of the sweetness in table sugar and in high fructose corn syrup). Johnson’s expertise on fructose ties him back to uric acid. Johnson writes: “Our work Continue reading >>
Does A Ketogenic Diet Cause Kidney Stones?
I remember the first time I learned about the connection between a diet high in sugar and gout, kidney stones and heart disease. I was reading a book (I don’t remember which one) that was laying out the evidence that showed a clear link between sugar consumption and those diseases and it immediately peaked my interest because I didn’t know that gout was still a thing. I had only heard of old French monarchs having it and honestly didn’t know it was still around until just a few weeks before reading that book. Just a few weeks prior to reading that, I learned that my son’s Father in Law had gout and occasional kidney stones and as I read that passage in the book, I thought about calling him and telling him what I read. I decided against it and figured I would bring it up the next time I saw him at church. Unfortunately, before I ever got a chance to say anything to him, he had a heart attack. He’s fine now but I have always felt bad I didn’t immediately make a call. I realize it wouldn’t have done much given how quickly it all happened but still, I should have said something. Since then, probably the most common question I get about the ketogenic diet is whether or not it will cause kidney stones and there is definitely a connection but possibly not how you think. First let’s go over how kidney stones are formed. How Kidney Stones are Formed At one point in time it was thought that uric acid was produced solely from the breakdown of purines found in foods like liver, pork, mushrooms, anchovies, mackerel and dried beans which is why most patients that were susceptible to kidney stones or gout were put on a low purine diet. Unfortunately those diets didn’t work too well and almost always had to be supplemented with additional medications that controlled t Continue reading >>
Can Ketogenic Diet Cause Gout
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Gout And Low Carb
It’s occasionally claimed that low-carb or keto diets high in meat often cause gout. This does not appear to be true (nor does a low-carb diet have to be high in meat). However, there may possibly be a temporary increase in risk of gout during the first six weeks on a strict low-carb diet. After this initial time period, a low-carb diet is likely neutral, or even protective, when it comes to gout. Keep reading to find out what gout is and how to avoid it. What gout is Gout is a sudden and painful inflammation of a joint, most often at the base of the big toe (see image). It may also affect other joints, like heels, knees, wrists and finger joints. The cause of gout is elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, resulting in crystals depositing in the affected joint. Gout is more common in people who are overweight and have metabolic syndrome, and have thus become more common in recent decades, affecting about 6% of adult men and 2% of women (it’s even more common in older people). 1 Historically, it was known as “the disease of kings” or a “rich man’s disease”, but now everyone can afford… sugar. Meat and gout Gout has often been blamed on excessive consumption of meat. This is because the uric acid that causes gout is a breakdown product of purines, a building block of protein, that is highly concentrated in meat. However, avoiding meat seems to have little effect on the risk of gout, and even vegetarians get gout much more often than would be expected if this was the main cause. Eating more protein (like meat) seems to increase the excretion of uric acid from the kidneys, through the urine, thus not having much of an effect on the blood uric acid levels… or the risk of gout. Sugar and gout As there is a very strong connection between gout, obesity, ty Continue reading >>
Gout: Forget The Purines; Skip The Sugar?
If gout runs in your family, you’ve probably heard the advice to pass on all the animal protein, which would make Paleo difficult at best. But actually, there’s more to the story: instead of blaming meat, we might want to take a hard look at sugar instead. What Is Gout? Gout is a very painful type of inflammatory arthritis. The best-known symptom is pain in the big toe, but gout can also cause pain in any other joint. Less commonly, it can even cause kidney stones or other completely different symptoms. These problems can show up in “attacks” separated by periods without pain, or they can be chronic and continuous. Gout is more common in men than in women, but rates in both sexes have been steadily increasing for the last couple of decades. The root cause of gout is too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). Uric acid is actually one of the body’s primary antioxidants, but as always, it’s possible to get too much of a good thing. When there’s too much uric acid in the blood, it crystallizes, and the resulting solid crystals wind up in and around the joints (and occasionally in the kidneys, which is where the kidney stones come from). Conventional wisdom holds that the best diet for preventing and treating gout is low in seafood and meat (especially organ meat), which sounds like it would pretty much take Paleo out of the running. But there’s actually more to the story than that… Gout, Purines, and Animal Protein First of all, it’s important to recognize that there actually is some support for the advice to cut down on meat and seafood. For one thing, there’s the problem of association. Gout is a classic “disease of civilization:” ever since it was first named and described, it’s been recognized as a problem for people who have plenty of Continue reading >>
Could A Ketogenic Diet Alleviate Gout?
More than 8 million individuals in the United States have gout, a disease that can cause intense recurrent episodes of debilitating pain, inflammation, and fever. The cause of gout is the accumulation of urate crystals in joints, which continuously reactivate the immune system, leading to activation of the most common type of immune cell in the blood, neutrophils. These periods of immune reactivation are known as flares, and are driven by a protein complex called the NLRP3 inflammasome. Recent work from the laboratory of Vishwa Deep Dixit, professor of comparative medicine and immunobiology, has shown that the ketone body β-hydroxybutyrate can specifically inhibit the NLRP3 inflammasome. Ketones are byproducts of fat break-down in the liver that can serve as alternative metabolic fuels for the brain and heart during periods of low carbohydrate intake, such as fasting, or ketogenic diet. To test if elevating ketones protected against inflammation during gout, a postdoctoral fellow in Dixit’s lab, Emily Goldberg, and an associate research scientist and clinical veterinarian in comparative medicine, Jennifer Asher, and their colleagues collaborated to develop a novel model of gout flares in rats. They found that feeding rats a high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet increased β-hydroxybutyrate levels and protected rats from the joint swelling, tissue damage, and systemic inflammation normally seen during gout. “In isolated neutrophils, β-hydroxybutyrate completely blocked NLRP3 inflammasome activation, even when provided at low concentrations that are physiologically achievable through dietary modification,” said Goldberg. She speculated that specifically targeting the NLRP3 inflammasome to reduce inflammation during a flare could improve gout patients’ outcom Continue reading >>
Best Diet For Gout: What To Eat, What To Avoid
Gout is a type of arthritis, an inflammatory condition of the joints. It affects an estimated 8.3 million people in the US alone (1). People with gout experience sudden and severe attacks of pain, swelling and inflammation of the joints (2). Fortunately, gout can be controlled with medications, a gout-friendly diet and lifestyle changes. This article reviews the best diet for gout and what foods to avoid, backed by research. Gout is a type of arthritis that involves sudden pain, swelling and inflammation of the joints. Nearly half of gout cases affect the big toes, while other cases affect the fingers, wrists, knees and heels (3, 4, 5). Gout symptoms or "attacks" occur when there is too much uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a waste product made by the body when it digests certain foods. When uric acid levels are high, crystals of it can accumulate in your joints. This process triggers swelling, inflammation and intense pain (5). Gout attacks typically occur at night and last 3–10 days (6). Most people who have the condition experience these symptoms because their bodies can't remove the excess uric acid efficiently. This lets uric acid accumulate, crystallize and settle in the joints. Others with gout make too much uric acid due to genetics or their diet (7, 8). Gout is a type of arthritis that involves sudden pain, swelling and inflammation of the joints. It happens when there is too much uric acid in the blood, causing it to deposit in the joints as crystals. If you have gout, certain foods may trigger an attack by raising your uric acid levels. Trigger foods are commonly high in purines, a substance found naturally in foods. When you digest purines, your body makes uric acid as a waste product (9). This is not a concern for healthy people, as they efficiently r Continue reading >>