Life style suggestion for gout

Lifestyle suggestions

If you are overweight, try to lose some weight. This can help to lower the uric acid level. However, do not use diets that increase urate levels, such as high-protein diets or starvation diets.
Eat sensibly. A high uric acid level may be lowered a bit by avoiding a high protein intake and foods rich in purines, such as liver, kidneys, and seafood. Also avoid eating foods high in yeast extracts, such as Marmite®.
If you drink a lot of alcohol then it may help if you reduced the amount that you drink. You do not need to stop drinking alcohol altogether, but cutting down may help if you drink a lot. In particular, avoid binge drinking. Keep to within the recommended levels of alcohol – these are 21 units per week for men and 14 units per week for women.
If you drink a lot of sugar-sweetened soft drinks, especially those containing fructose, it may help to reduce the number or cut them out all together.
If you are taking any medicines, check whether they are a cause of gout (see above). An alternative medicine may be available. Your doctor will advise.
Avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water (up to two litres per day unless there is a medical reason why not to).
Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year. High blood pressure is more common in people with gout.

With the help of lifestyle changes, many people only have an attack of gout every now and then. All you may need is to have some anti-inflammatory painkillers on standby to treat each attack.
For some people, attacks occur more often. In this situation, you can take vitamin C supplements and/or a medicine to prevent attacks.

Vitamin C supplements

A study published in 2009 showed that vitamin C can reduce the risk of developing gout. In the study, 46,994 men were followed up over several years. Compared with men with a vitamin C intake of less than 250 mg a day:

Those whose intake was 1,000-1,499 mg per day had a 34% lower risk of gout.
Those whose intake was 1,500 mg per day had a 45% lower risk of gout.

This study concluded that supplemental vitamin C intake may help to prevent gout. So, your doctor may advise a daily vitamin C supplement if your diet is not rich in vitamin C. The reason why vitamin C works is because it reduces the uric acid level in the bloodstream. It is not clear how it does this, but it is thought that vitamin C may alter the rate at which uric acid is passed out from the kidneys., Bangalore India

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