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Can exercise help control my gout flare ups?

Can exercise help control my gout flare ups?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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If having a gout flare, but meds are making the pain manageable, is it best to rest until the flare is gone or can you do normal activity? Exercise?

If having a gout flare, but meds are making the pain manageable, is it best to rest until the flare is gone or can you do normal activity? Exercise?

Rest gout joint: Rest it. Don't exercise it. Adjust diet.Take in tart cherry juice and tart cherries, 20/day. Add Lemon extract 4 tblspns/day. Avoid alcohol, animal fats, organ meats, anchovies, sardines, tuna, salmon, and shellfish. Limit other meats to 4 oz per day. Avoid high fructose corn syrup containing drinks /foods. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of citrus fruit and veggies. Drink 3 L/d ...Read more

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What causes gout flare ups?

What causes gout flare ups?

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. ...Read more

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How much time does gout flare up last?

How much time does gout flare up last?

Depends: on how long swelling has been present as well as severity. Also depends on how effective and quickly gout is treated. Normally swelling subsides within 3 to 4 days of effective treatment for an acute attack. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a possible gout flare?

How can I tell if I have a possible gout flare?

Gouch: Gout commonly presents as a hot, red, swollen, sharply painful joint. Onset is usually sudden. Infection also can present the same way so it is important that you see your doctor if you have these symptoms. Blood tests are helpful to diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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Is there an easy diet to follow to avoid gout flare?

Is there an easy diet to follow to avoid gout flare?

Yes: Limit meat, poultry and fish. Animal proteins are high in purine. Avoid or severely limit high-purine foods, such as organ meats, herring, anchovies and mackerel. Red meat (beef, pork and lamb), fatty fish and seafood (tuna, shrimp, lobster and scallops) are associated with increased risk of gout. Because all meat, poultry and fish contain purines, limit your intake to 4 to 6 ounces (113 to 170 gr. ...Read more

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Can there be an easy diet to follow to avoid gout flare ups?

Can there be an easy diet to follow to avoid gout flare ups?

Gout diet: Lowering uric acid: Adjust diet. Take in tart cherry juice +tart cherries, 10/day. Add Lemon extract 2 tblspns/day. Avoid alcohol, animal fats, organ meats, anchovies, sardines, tuna, salmon, and shellfish. Limit other meats to 4 oz/day. Avoid high fructose corn syrup containing drinks and foods. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of citrus fruit and veggies. Drink 3 L /day. ...Read more

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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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Gout (Definition)

Gout is when too much uric acid gets deposited in a joint. The classic one is the big toe although others can be affected. Lifestyle factors like red meat and alcohol ...Read more