Will going Vegetarian stop Gout for good?

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I'm trying to stop my Gout Attacks without taking medication. Does anyone have any success stories? Wondering if I just have to go vegan for life. Thanks.

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    We regularly hear from vegetarians and vegans with gout. This seems surprising, unless you are aware that 85% of the purines in your body come from catabolism - your body recycling its own dead cells - this is the equivalent of an 80kg man consuming about 1.5 kg of meat per day. Therefore unless you have the diet of the average Bengal Tiger, cutting out meat isn’t going to make much difference.

    The problem one needs to address is not the gout but the underlying hyperuricemia- which is in most cases your kidneys not excreting enough uric acid each day. This high blood urate leads to inflammation in various parts of the body, most notably in the blood vessels which long term leads to heart attack and stroke.  Even if you could control the gout you wouldn’t have controlled the underlying problem. 

    As a gout sufferer you need to push your blood urate down to about 3-4 to clear out the stores of urate in your body. A vegan will perhaps push the blood urate down maybe 1 point.  I’m afraid that becoming a vegetarian (which may have other health benefits) will have only a marginal effect on your hyperuricemia. 

    I would suggest that you focus not on the gout attacks but on the level of blood urate. 

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    Freddy - what is your blood urate level •taken a month or so after• the last gout attack?
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      This was in March 27, 2017 Blood 8.8 mg/dL. I also had my kidneys tested and the doctor said their fine. I was diagnosed with pre diabetes in 2011 but my last test March 2017 i was Hemoglobin A1C 120 mg/dL which says i'm in range now. I'm trying to stay away from Allopurinol and currently getting through a gout attack. It could be the pre-diabetes that could be causing the hyperuricemia but wondering if it could be something else. What other tests should I ask my doctor to check? I'll probably get another blood test in the few weeks. Thanks.

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      I was sent to a cardiologist to have a full check as that is the main danger after kidney and joint damage.

      Allopurinol has the advantage of bringing down cholesterol (by only reducing bad cholesterol); side effect of drug. 

      High blood irate leads to inflammation all over body. Cherry juice etc is arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

      Losing weight excessive is a good idea but it will do little for blood irate. I’ve tried it. Others have. Helps heart. The problem is your kidneys due to your genes aren’t kicking out enough urate. 

      Drinking water helps. 

      Good luck and good health. 

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    I got a gout attack when I was on a vegetarian diet. Finding ways to reduce the purines or neutralized them has been the task of the century, although I haven't lived that long, it's going to take another century to figure out rid your body of gout. The problem lies in its genetic predisposition. My grandma had it, my aunt has therefore, I have it.  Cherry juice works, avoiding wheat of any kind, minimal amounts of spinach, cauliflower, even carrots, and a few others, plus certain meats, that I rarely ever eat but just looking them gives me gout. smile So, the answer to your question is definitely, no, going on a vegetarian diet will not stop gout. 

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    Where's the Edit button? They sent me a questionnaire for some design I can careless for I prefer the edit button! 

    Reposting due to unable to edit errors: 

          I got a gout attack when I was on a vegetarian diet. Finding ways to reduce the purines or neutralized them has been the task of the century; although I haven't lived that long, it's going to take another century to figure out how to rid your body of gout. The problem lies in its genetic predisposition. My grandma had it, my aunt has it, therefore, I have it.  Cherry juice works, avoiding wheat of any kind, eating minimal amounts of spinach, cauliflower, even carrots, and a few others veggies, plus certain meats, that I rarely ever eat but just looking them gives me gout. smile  So, the answer to your question is definitely, no, going on a vegetarian diet will not stop gout. 

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    Well, I'm new to gout too, but I have some limited experience with this. When I got my first gout attack, it shocked me to the core. I made a quick change to a low purine diet, completely vegetarian with the exception for occasional fish, or eggs. We also completely cut out corn syrup, and we are trying to minimize dairy and processed foods.I've lost 15 pounds since the change, and I'm starting to exercise more. I've been on Allopurinol as well for the past 2 months, and my UA level is still "elevated" (6.7) higher than the goal is. 

    My gut feeling is that the vegetarian diet has had a minimal effect. It won't hurt though - it is a quick way to lose weight, and it really is cheaper in the long run. The diet feels balanced, and I'm not looking to change it at all. I don't really miss meat that much with the exception of snow crab (high purines). 

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      And if you feel good on the mainly veg diet - go for it!

      However be aware that both losing weight and taking allopurinol could cause gout attacks, even though long term it’s the way to go. If you are on 6.7 it’s probanly cos your doc has you on 100 Grammys not 300, the standard treatment dose.

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    Marmite is veggie, and look what that can do for gout..
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      Marmite is not vegetarian. It is yeast extract. Yeast are fungi - Heterotrophs - they do not make their own sugars like plants but parasite off the plants the same as us. They are a different kingdom from plants or animals but closer to an animal than a plant. 
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      It seems one of my replies wasn’t uploaded, creating a misunderstanding.

      Marmite is terrible for gout because it’s from yeast. It’s as bad as eating Ox liver. 

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