Meditalk: How to lower uric acid levels

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Monday, July 14, 2014


DEAR Dr. Fritz,

Good day to you! I am Albert. I am one of your fans since I started following your column for so many years now. My problem is I have been suffering for some time now from gout. My uric acid is really high. Please help me fight it.

Thanks a lot. More power to your column.

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Albert of Tibungco

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Dear Albert of Tibungco,

Thanks for your support for some time now.

Yes, I definitely can help you with your sufferings from gout. But, the way to prevent the uric acid from going high would include changing your lifestyle and the diet should be followed regularly and strictly. Otherwise, you will again suffer the consequences - it will no longer be sometime - but, all the time...hehe.

1. Slowly lose weight

If you are overweight, try to lose weight gradually. Remember that if you lose weight, you can help lower your uric acid level. But, don't push it too hard. Excessive dieting and losing weight drastically may bring on an attack. So, push it slowly my dear. Just do it - slowly but surely.

2. Eat foods low in purine

The purine is the organic component that causes gout. So, try to avoid foods that are high in purine which would include the following:

a. Organ meats - liver, heart, intestine, etc.

b. Fish like salmon and sardines and shellfish

c. Meat and yeast extracts, brewer's and baker's yeast

d. Meat soups and soup cubes

e. Here is the list of some of the foods high in purine: beans, mushroom, goat meat, shellfish, duck, turkey, ice cream and sweet bread.

But, remember that we all have our own sensitivity to foods - so that, Juan may not be sensitive to beans, but may cry when he eats goat meat; while Pedro may not feel anything when he eats goat meat but, suffers in real aguish when he eats beans. So, we all have to see what and which of the foods our body reacts to excessively.

3. Drink and drink more water

About 90% of gout is due to the inability of the kidneys to remove the uric acid from the body thoroughly. But, when you drink a lot of water, this will help in the disposal of substances that are not anymore needed by our body. So, dear don't forget to drink at least six to eight glasses of water a day.

4. Eat foods with Calcium and high in antioxidants

Be sure to include in your diet the following foods as they are rich in Calcium. The list consists of vegetables and fruits like bananas, potatoes, avocados, milk and yogurt. Eat also fruits that are high in vitamin C, like citrus, guava and strawberries.

But since we still have a lot of issues to talk to - to address your uric acid problem, let me continue this in my next column. Until then!

Dr. Fritz

(For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o Sun.Star Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to dokfritz@yahoo.com. Sorry that we cannot answer all your queries. Thank you for your understanding.)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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