Updated Dec 17th, — Written by Craig Clarke. Medical review by Dr. Barton Jennings. Painful joints, swelling, sudden intense pain, these are the hallmarks of gout — a type of arthritis that is caused by the buildup of uric acid. Gout usually affects the joints, particularly the base of the big toe, causing gout attacks of severe pain as well as swelling. Fortunately, this condition is simple enough that we can easily study the various causes and risk factors for gout and how to potentially alleviate its symptoms. In fact, the current research has found a plethora of simple dietary and lifestyle modifications that can help those who suffer from this debilitating condition.
First of all, a low-carb diet is not necessarily high in meat, and even those that are high in meat are markedly different from the standard American diet high in meat. Instead, since all low-carb diets are low in sugars and refined carbohydrates, there is a potential for them to reduce the risk of gout rather than increase it. Keep reading to find out what gout is, how to avoid it, and how a low-carb diet may affect it. Gout is a sudden and painful inflammation of a joint, most often at the base of the big toe see image. It may also affect other joints, like heels, knees, wrists and finger joints. The cause of gout is elevated levels of uric acid in the blood, resulting in crystals depositing in the affected joint. Gout has often been blamed on excessive consumption of meat.
Though best known as a way to lose weight fast, the popular diet has also been linked to improvements in certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that affects 4 percent of all American adults, according to the Arthritis Foundation. In , researchers at Yale University looked at how ketosis affects NLRP3 inflammasome, which is the protein complex that triggers the inflammation that contributes to gout. Animal and human studies showed that following a keto diet resulted in less joint inflammation. While the evidence is promising, the researchers concluded that more studies are needed before the keto diet can be recommended as a treatment for gout. Another way that the keto diet may be beneficial for gout is weight loss. Weight loss is the most effective way to lower uric acid levels and prevent gout flare-ups. It might. The keto diet is high in purine-rich foods.