Does a keto diet cure gout?  - Blog | Keto Atosab 2019

Does a keto diet cure gout? - Blog | Keto Atosab 2019

Gout often affects the joints and especially base of the big toe. This will result in swelling and severe pain.

The classic hallmarks are:

  • Sudden intense pain

  • Swelling

  • Painful joints

Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid and recent research has found many easy to follow dietary and lifestyle modifications can relieve you from this condition.


Does a keto diet cure gout? - Blog | Keto Atosab 2019

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 a metabolic syndrome

The above-mentioned groups are the reason why Gout is on the increase.




The affected areas of Gout are:

  • The base of the big toe

  • Knees

  • Heels

  • Wrists

  • Fingers


The sudden inflammation and pain are provoked by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood.

This will result in a deposit of crystals in the affected joints. This, in turn, will trigger the immune system causing inflammation and pain.


gout and risk factors


What are the 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)

  • Alcohol consumption

  • 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)

But all of this can be reversed and prevented. We will focus on the 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 against Gout, but 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.




Some Protective foods against Gout are:

  • Coffee

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin B9 (folate)

They all seem to have the potential to reduce uric acid levels.

Some foods that will increase the risk of Gout are:

  • Sugar-sweetened soft drinks

  • Foods high in fructose

  • Alcohol

How can Keto diet prevent gout?

Well, the restricted carb consumption while on keto diet seems to decrease the risk of Gout after 6 months. All this due to the body will burn ketones for fuel instead of carbs. Also, the weight loss can play a part. Keto is the least inflammatory diet out there so it can explain one reason why keto diet is effective against Gout. Some 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 ability to prevent and alleviate Gout attacks and symptoms. Great news for all on 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.

Click here for An Easy Detailed Guide to Follow for Beginners to The Keto Diet.