Can a Ketogenic Diet Cure Gout?
Gout commonly affects the joints and especially the base of the big toe. This will result in swelling and severe pain.
The classic hallmarks of gout
Sudden intense pain
Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid and new research has found many easy to follow dietary and lifestyle changes can relieve you from this condition.
What is Gout?
It is one of the most common subgroups of arthritis.
Recent data from 2007-2008 will show that almost 8.3 million US adult is affected by this condition.
Most common groups that are suffering from this condition are:
People that are overweight
People with metabolic syndrome
The above-mentioned groups are the reason why Gout is on the increase.
The affected areas of Gout
The base of the big toe
Trigging of the immune system
The sudden inflammation and pain are provoked by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood.
It will result in a deposit of crystals in the affected joints.
And this, in turn, will trigger the immune system causing inflammation and pain.
Risk factors behind Gout
A family history of Gout
Age (men 40 to 50 and post-menopausal women)
Gender (men more often)
Diet (high carb and sugar diet)
Hydration status (not drinking enough water)
Medications (cyclosporine, niacin, aspirin, and diuretics)
Health conditions (high BMI, kidney disease, thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and metabolic syndrome)
Alcohol and diet
But all of this can be reversed and prevented. We will focus on risk factors like hydration status, alcohol, and diet.
There are many myths around Gout and one is that surrounding consumption of protein and Gout.
One study found that there is no link between the two. Atkins diet which is a high-protein diet didn’t show any increase of uric acid significantly.
Another myth is the link between dairy consumption and Gout.
But it is the complete opposite. One study found that it was even protective of Gout.
And another found that all types of milk increased the amount of excretion of uric acid in humans.
So I think it’s best to avoid all milk just to be safe.
Protective foods against Gout
Vitamin B9 (folate)
They all seem to have the potential to reduce uric acid levels.
Foods that will increase the risk of Gout
Sugar-sweetened soft drinks
Foods high in fructose
How can a Keto diet prevent gout?
The restricted carb consumption while on keto diet appears to reduce the risk of Gout after 6 months.
All this due to the body will burn ketones for fuel instead of carbs. Also, weight loss can play a part.
Keto is the least inflammatory diet out there so it can explain one reason why the keto diet is effective against Gout.
Cure because of the ketogenic diet?
Reports suggest that some people cured their Gout while on the keto diet.
Worth to note is that a recent discovery showed that beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHP) - a ketone that our body produces seem to relive the Gout symptoms.
It is due to BHP prevents the activation of many inflammatory pathways.
This means that the keto diet stimulates BHP production and has the capacity to prevent and alleviate Gout attacks and symptoms.
This is great news for all on the Keto diet.
A keto diet can be really simple, but it helps to learn some basic skills.
These tips and guides will help you answer all the common keto questions.