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9/28/12 1:25 P

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:) The Boss knows me well!

The good news is that the same things that improve your health overall - exercising more, eliminating most "white" foods like sugar, rice, flour, and potatoes, keeping yourself well-hydrated - will likely help your gout as well. If you know anything at all about metabolic syndrome you won't be surprised to find that high blood pressure, type 2, gout, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer's, certain cancers, and a host of other ailments are all inter-related. Treat the cause of one and you usually treat them all!

The bad news is that the foods that aggravate gout are everywhere in our culture and it takes a lifestyle change not just a diet to gain control over it. You'll probably still need medication initially to manage the pain regardless. The members here can give you some valuable input as to what works for them.

So, the generic advice is:

~ Stay well hydrated, especially if you take diuretics of any kind.
~ Avoid those processed foods!
~ Fructose seems to be a common trigger, so keep an eye on even your fruit intake until you know how your body reacts to it. Certainly avoid fructose as an additive in food.

Best of luck and don't hesitate to post if you need any support or info!

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9/28/12 12:39 P

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Welcome Sandy! Best advice is this: listen to Woubbie - she knows about what she Googles and relays. She'll chime in on this thread before long.

Active members of this group have had a variety of challenges and successes. Some take Uloric, some Allopurinol, some other meds, some (like me) keep it entirely managed through diet, exercise and cherry extract.

Good luck!

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9/28/12 12:19 P

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Hi I'm Sandy. I just learned about two weeks ago I have gout. I've been hurting for over a year. I was told by Dr probably just arthritis. I finally asked do you think I have gout? BINGO. I've only been on my medicine for little over a week. I'm home sick today found out I was allergic to the medicine. I feel like I have the flu and have gained 7 pds in four days. He took me off and I'm going to switch to Uloric in morning. Hope that works Sorry I'm on a rant. Hope you all can give me some good advise on this team. Glad to meet you all.

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