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3/14/12 12:34 P

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Has to go with Russell on the fruit - my increased intake since starting gout also seemed to increase my susceptibility to low-level flare-ups. My top two triggers remain cheese and alcohol, but fruit may be getting on that list. One apple or orange a day seems fine. Two seems a remarkably bad idea.

No diabetes here though (though plenty of Alzheimer's - I no longer can remember the preceding paragraph!) - Sorry, couldn't resist...

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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3/14/12 9:45 A

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Hello, and welcome to the team. My first recommendation would be to cut out all the sugar in your diet, especially pop to avoid gout flare-ups.

I just wanted to say congrats on fixing the hernia. I had one from 1996-2006, and had a 5.5 hour surgery where they stuffed 7 feet of intestines back in. Very painful afterwards, but eventually just waking up to no abdominal pain was a blessing.

Hopefully, you can learn some more info to help with your husband's gout flare-ups. It does kind of take a bit of experimentation.. introduce a food, and see what happens. I had my first issues last October, diagnosed around mid December, and experimented through February( painful 2 months ). Since cutting out sugar( even fruit ), I have had no flare-ups for a month. I was having them almost weekly.

I cut out fish, and red meat, and am adding them back in 2 meals a week each, no problem. I think the 79 people on this team is an example of why gout is not really studied. No money helping 79 people. I think gout is related to diabetes, which I have already beat ( off meds ), and they all stem from metabolic syndrome. Basically, I think we eat such a poor diet, that our bodies are breaking down. Cancer, diabetes, gout, alzheimer's are all on the rise.

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3/13/12 1:40 P

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Hi, Destiny! I'm actually more of a "research assistant" than anything. I myself don't have gout, but started looking into the literature to help find some answers for Russell38, who's also on another team that I'm on.

The internet is filled with references to gout and they fall into some obvious classifications. A lot of them spout "the party line" about causes and triggers. The truth is, gout became a very low priority research subject once allopurinol was developed to offer. It seems to be ramping up again lately because the incidence is on the rise along with all the other bugaboos of metabolic syndrome: obesity, heart disease, type 2, Alzheimer's, etc.

The biggest red herring seems to be the actual blood levels of uric acid. There is not a clear correlation between having a high level in your blood, and actually having gout.

What makes it fiendishly difficult to sort out is that, first, the root "cause" is not necessarily the "trigger" of any individual flare. People seem to have all kinds of triggers (meat, shellfish, soda, dairy) and identifying them is probably the first line of defense. Do you have a clear idea of what has set off his symptoms?

Now, finding and naming the root cause of gout is probably not going to happen in the forseeable future, but it is almost certainly the same thing that drives the "obesity epidemic." Does your DH have any of the metabolic syndrome problems?

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3/13/12 12:27 P

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Welcome to the group! We all have this mysterious and complicated affliction, to greater or lesser degree. Where are you on the learning curve? Does it relate to certain foods (yes, for most of us...). Let us know where you are, and us no-nothing rookies (me) and experienced voices of wisdom (everyone else here) will be happy to help you.

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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3/13/12 12:17 P

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Hi
Pam Barrett - joined this team as my husband does not like computers, but we need information
He's had 4 very bad attacks of Gout since September 2011 and we're just in the first stages of learning how to control his uric acid
Will be out here looking for suggestions as we move forward
Just an FYI - I use this site for myself as I've had some major surgery for GERD and had 10% of my stomach removed - so I know how valuable this site can be


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