Is Gout a Result of the Atkins Diet?

Ren has a concern he could use all our help on. He asked: I`ve heard that one of the side effects of Atkins is gout. Since gout is very much diet related (red meat, cream, etc), I was wondering if any of you have had such symptoms. The reason I ask is because I`ve started getting pains in my foot. I know that gout usually affects the feet. I`m starting to have pain in my foot. It`s only occasionnal. It starts in my foot and darts up the inside of my thigh. It`s a shooting pain, that happens a few times a day and is not caused by pressure. I`m just wondering if I`m starting to show symptoms of gout. I sure hope not as I have no plans to modify my WOE. Especially since I lost another pound and a half this week. Any thoughts?

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Hi Ren. There is a lot of information out their about gout and even some that makes the Atkins Diet look bad, but no worries because there is relief out there. Remember, dieting is different on everyoneâ??s body and the Atkins Diet may not be for everyone. Gout is a possible symptom for everyone that is on any diet.

In fact, Gout affects about 275 out of every 100,000 people, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease and more men develop gout than women. Yet, only some are susceptible to gout and others may never even risk the chance.

Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when crystals of uric acid accumulate in a joint, leading to the sudden development of pain and inflammation. The pain of gout can arise suddenly and is often very intense. The affected joint is usually red, swollen, and very tender to the touch. A low-grade fever may also be present. The fingers, wrist, elbow, knee, ankle, or foot may be affected but most commonly affected joint is the big toe.

Uric acid is a waste product in your blood that is removed by the kidneys and eliminated in urine. To help the kidneys, make sure you are drinking the required daily amount of water because it will flush out the kidneys.

To help alleviate the symptoms of gout, stick to these common ideas that most seem to follow on a daily basis, but other alleviants are also out there. Taking 4-6 grams of Vitamin C and 80 mg of Folic Acid per day seem to help a lot, or simply asprin or ibuprofen.

Also, some people tend to eat ½ pound of cherries or the equivalent of sugar free cherry juice per day. It is recommended to Avoid Sucrose, white table sugar and fructose, sugar found in juices because they have been known to raise uric acid levels. Lastly, if gout attacks, avoid all alcohol, especially beer. And yes, that includes non alcoholic beer too.

I hope this helps your understanding Ren.  Best of luck to you, and check back for others comments.

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