Arthritis-Caused by Atkins?

Sam from Brooklyn asked: â??Iâ??ve recently heard the Atkins Diet can lead to arthritis, and even gout. How can the diet cause arthritis? Is this even true? Thanks.â?

Sam, there are critics out there that do say that the diet causes arthritis. However, these critics are only half right.


It has, in fact, been shown that low-carb diets may cause gout (a certain type of arthritis). This is because gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. When you consume  large amounts of protein such as eggs and meat, this protein turns into uric acid, and may lead to gout. Furthermore, the buildup of ketones in your blood can also raise uric acid levels and may lead to gout.

If you develop gout, or youâ??re very concerned about it, you may need to start taking 300 mg of Allopurinol (a prescription drug) and slowing your weight loss down to around 2 pounds per week. This will lower your uric acid levels, and you will be able to go on with the diet normally. But, as always, you should definitely talk to your doctor about this first.

However, there is another side to the story. Other than gout, there has been no evidence that low-carb diets have any negative effects on arthritis at all. In fact, the Atkins Diet may actually help you with this problem if you already have it, or even prevent it!

Losing weight could make an enormous improvement in arthritis and all joint pains.

Overweight people are putting unnecessary pressure on their joints every day. And the good thing about Atkins is that you lose weight more quickly than almost any other diet out there. This makes it so that you will have extra fast arthritis relief, and youâ??ll feel fantastic.

Lots of people with arthritis are actually using the Atkins Diet as a quick fix for their arthritis pain, and it really works wonders.

I wish you all the luck in the world, but remember to consult your physician before you decide anything. Let us know how the diet goes!

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