Gout is a painful form of arthritis that happens when too much uric acid builds up and forms crystals in your joints. According to the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), gout is a joint disorder characterized by acute inflammation. In the Philippines, almost 1.6 million Filipinos have gout and the prevalence has been steadily increasing due to unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
When uric acid levels are high, crystals of it can accumulate in one’s joints and this process triggers swelling and inflammation. One of the things that may help manage gout is to reduce the amount of purines you eat. Foods that are high in purine are liver, kidneys, tuna, sardines, scallops, crabs, and shrimps. You should also avoid beers and high fructose products such as soda, juices, cereal, ice cream, and fast food. Although it is sad that people with gout should avoid eating the mentioned high-purine foods, there are still plenty of low-purine foods that you can enjoy.
Low-purine foods include low-fat and nondairy fat products such as yogurt and skim milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, potatoes, rice, bread and pasta. People with gout are also advised to drink plenty of water since this will help with removing uric acid from the blood.
It’s not too late to change one’s lifestyle. Start exercising regularly and limit the intake of high-purine foods and drinks. Gout is still maintainable and according to PCHRD, it is the easiest form of arthritis to control.
NO I Cielo Katrina M. Mabalot
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