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I am 64 years old, generally good health, and had a first case of gout. My uric acid was 8.1. What should I do?

I am 64 years old, generally good health, and had a first case of gout.  My uric acid was 8.1. What should I do?

Hi uric acid: Take in tart cherry juice and tart cherries, 20/day. Add Lemon extract 4 tblspns / day. And 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 and foods. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of citrus fruit and veggies. Drink 3 liters per day. Allopurinol rx hel ...Read more

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Uric Acid (Definition)

Uric acid is a naturally-occurring waste product produced by the body. Humans are not very good at getting rid of uric acid, and in some people it builds up and causes a form of joint pain (usually ...Read more


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Is there a need to take Allopurinol every day for gout if uric acid levels are low (although they are low from take the Rx, I would presume). ?

Is there a need to take Allopurinol every day for gout if uric acid levels are low (although they are low from take the Rx, I would presume).  ?

Depends...: Based on your lab results Allopurinol dosage should be adjusted as the uric acid levels lower. Many gout medications can be taken as a maintenance dose if it is chronic gout. Check with your doctor who prescribed your meds to adjust the dose or even change the medication. ...Read more

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I recently had some blood work done and was told I'm at increased risk for gout. My uric acid level was at 9.3 mg/dl. I'm in my early twenties. What lifestyle changes do I need to make?

I recently had some blood work done and was told I'm at increased risk for gout. My uric acid level was at 9.3 mg/dl. I'm in my early twenties. What lifestyle changes do I need to make?

Get the Gout Out.: The first thing that I would do is have a repeat uric acid level done. You seem a little young to fit the profile for gout. Having said that, the uric acid level can not be relied upon to answer the question of gout. That is done by analysis of joint fluid. The reasons for an elevated uric acid are many and since the consequences of can be serious, you really need to be evaluated by a specialist. ...Read more

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My husband was diagnosed with gout but his uric acid level was only a 7. What does this mean?

My husband was diagnosed with gout but his uric acid level was only a 7. What does this mean?

Gout and uric acid 7: The risk of gout rises with height of uric acid level. Values above 5-6 are able to trigger gout. Other variables matter, such as diet, alcohol, joint stress, body weight. Help him modify risk. He can lower uric acid levels and reduce likelihood of further gout. ...Read more

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My husband was diagnosed with gout but his uric acid level was only a 7. How is this possible?

My husband was diagnosed with gout but his uric acid level was only a 7. How is this possible?

Depends: On when blood was drawn, often high uric acid will not show for 2weeks during an attack. 7 is still considered high. Ideal is under 6. ...Read more

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How to prevent gout and lower uric acid in my body?

Gout uric acid rx: Take in tart cherry juice and tart cherries, 20/day. Add Lemon extract 4 tblspns / day. And 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 and foods. Add egg whites, quinoa, soy as protein. Eat lots of citrus fruit and veggies. Drink 3 liters per day. ...Read more

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Can a gout patient with uric acid level 5.8 eat tomato??And what all food items do you suggest??And what about chicken and fish,tea and coffee,etc..

Can a gout patient with uric acid level 5.8 eat tomato??And what all food items do you suggest??And what about chicken and fish,tea and coffee,etc..

Gout and diet: No particular food is prohibited with gout. Quantity and frequency matter. Be modest with all meat sources. Keep portions small. Minimize red meats and organ meats. Maximize fruit, veggies, and whole grains. Drink plenty of fluid daily. Avoid alcohol. Tomato is fine. Uric acid comes principally from meat sources. ...Read more

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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