Most of what I've been reading points a finger at metabolic syndrome - meaning that the same thing that drives obesity, high blood pressure, type 2, and Alzheimer's (plus a host of others! eep!) - drives gout as well in about 75% of cases. And the big villain in metabolic syndrome is excessive insulin, which reaches back to a high carb diet.
But that still leaves 25% of sufferers in a grey area. Is it the same root cause but they don't have the other symptoms or is there something else going on? It'll be interesting to see what we can turn up out there.
A friend of mine has added fresh cherries to his diet every other day and says he does believe that it seems to help, so you may be on to something there.
Funny thing you mention this. The two medications bandied about by my Doc (indomethecin for acute attacks and allopurinol for chronic management) are the same ones my Dad was on about 30 years ago. Personally I am a huge believer in non-medical management and here are some things that, more or less, have worked for me:
1. Drinking lots of water. All day, every day. Oceans. 2. Cheeses are trigger foods for me. Particularly, foreign/expensive ones. I try and avoid, not that I can afford. 3. Beer seems somewhat of a trigger too - being a Sparker mandates a reduced intake anyway. 4. Cherry extract (GNC store tablets) seems to help some, but maybe I got sucked into the gimmick.
Really open to ideas on what to do and not to do. Thanks for getting things rolling out here again.
"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)
There seems to be an increase in information about gout out there these days, which is probably due to its incidence being on the rise. Contrarily, it also seems that, because medications now exist to treat it and mitigate the worst symptoms, there is actually LESS emphasis on dietary interventions and long-term solutions.
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