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Can exercise help control my gout flare ups?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
No: Gout is a genetic condition. A patient with gout has an abnormal accumulation of uric acid crystal in their joints. No amount of exercise will prevent the abnormal accumulation in the joints. The most significant preventive measure for avoidance of gout flare ups is diet. Stay away from foods high in uric acid like red meat.
Dr. Robert Breiner
Podiatry 34 years experience
Maybe: I have never read anywhere that exercise can control gout attacks but by improving the circulation and hydrating the body after working out i think this will help. The best way to avoid gout attacks is by avoiding the foods that cause the formation of uric acid and staying well hydrated. One of my patients uses celery seed extract and said this has prevented him from having any more attacks.
Dr. Christiaan Maurer
Dr. Christiaan Maurer commented
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
NO, exercise will not help gout flairs.
Nov 4, 2012

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes gout flare ups?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Many: They can be caused by medications, kidney function and other medical reasons, hereditary predisposition, and (controversially) diet. Hyperuricemia can cause the gout. The underlying cause of hyperuricemia needs to be addressed, and sometimes management with medications are necessary.

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