Why am I still having gout attacks despite improving my health and diet?
- 18 Oct 2015 by steelvoltage
- 18 October 2015
- gout, diet, health
I've recently got a really bad attack of gout. Which baffles me because I've had it for a couple years now and have finally changed my eating habits and lifestyle to be healthier. Yet, here I am still suffering from it.
-I take allopurinol daily. I take indomethacin and ibuprofen during flare ups.
-I am on a low carb diet. I've lost 30 pounds.
-I do not eat sugary foods or drink sugary drinks.
-I seldom drink alcohol (maybe once every few weeks I'll have some liquor during social gatherings.
-I do not eat organ meats and seldom eat red meats (maybe once a week I'll have some hamburger or a steak.) Mostly I focus on lean chicken.
-I drink LOTS of water. 2-3 liters a day.
-I exercise often, walking 2-3 miles a day.
I don't get why I'm still suffering from it. What else can I do to fight against it? I thought avoiding the sugars and bad stuff, turning my diet and exercise levels around would help me. Its discouraging and really irritating to be in pain all the time. I currently have the gout in my knee and my ankle.
Low carb diets are not ideal for people with gout. There is evidence that these types of diets, like the now-infamous Atkins diet for example, can actually lead to more frequent gout attacks because despite the fact you're eating leaner meats your protein levels are still too high in relation to other macro nutrients you're receiving. Low-carb diets are by definition high protein diets. A more balanced diet that includes carbohydrates is more suitable for you.
You mentioned you've lost 30 pounds. That is good, but over what time period was this weight loss? Sudden weight loss can cause gout attacks. You should strive to lose weight slowly but consistently over time. Around one pound a week or so. Crash dieting and sudden weight loss can cause gout attacks.
Hope this helps ya, Brian.
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