TS, Indiana, United States
TS informed us that he had a blood test and his uric acid level fell from 9.0 mg/dL to 7.0 mg/dL in only one month. So we asked him what is his gout diet? This is his reply:
"I stopped eating all red meats (pork, beef). Just chicken, turkey, and some fish, usually salmon, tuna, and tilapia once a day.
(NB Comment Tilapia is thought to be high purine).
I eat salad - at least a meal almost every day.
I eat many kinds of fruit every day, such as berries, grapes, orange. I usually blend them together and drink at least 2 glasses a day."
I take vitamin C supplement once a day.(1000mg).
I take Fish oil (1000mg) 3 times a day.
I also do the cardiovascular exercising 2-3 times a week.
Comment TS has done well/been lucky. Uric acid doesn't usually fall this fast because of a diet. Note that TS is eating fresh foods. Apart from the tuna, this is a low purine gout diet. With an anti gout boost from the exercise and the supplements. And from what's been said here, it also seems to be a fairly low carb diet, in its first month at least. TS also lost some weight. TS reports about 12lbs lost in six weeks, with the help of a P90X program. (Search the Internet for details of this).
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Does anybody reading this think they have done it? If so did you combine a low purine diet with regular serum uric acid readings, watching your uric acid level fall gradually over the months? How much did your uric acid (urate) level fall?
Purines from foods only make a minority percentage - about 30% - of the uric acid the body makes, or fails to excrete. So a low purine gout diet, rigorously maintained, should help to reduce serum (blood) uric acid production, but only by 1.0 - 2.0 mg/dL
And it might be enough on its own to deliver a gout cure, or a longer period between attacks. But almost certainly, if you begin the diet with a uric acid reading that isn't hovering around the hyperuricemia level of 7.0 mg/dL, it probably won't help on its own. That is to say, with a 9.0 - 10.0 mg/dL reading a diet might bring your uric acid (UA) down to 8.0 mg/dL, but that's still above the hyperuricemia starting level.
But combine a low purine foods diet with other natural remedies which work for you, or drug medications such as Allpurinol, Probenecid or Febuxostat, and you have a better chance of succeeding.
This testimonials page can shed light on more purines questions. Were you able to determine whether you are an over producer or under excretor of uric acid? A low purine diet is likely to be more useful to those who over produce.
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How many low purine foods meals did you prepare on a weekly basis? One mental block to successful dieting can be unglued when you realise that most people, whilst enjoying a variety of meals, only regularly eat about 10 different full meals. (Excluding eating out). So actually not too many different meals have to be prepared anyway. How many dissimilar meals did you cook or eat?
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