Avoiding the triggering factors for gout are not intended to treat the disease, but can help control attacks.
In general, there are several factors that can trigger rheumatic attacks of gout. If you are overweight, reducing weight is the main step in dealing with gout. In addition, if you have indeed been detected or have the potential for gout, it is better to limit yourself from consuming the following things.
- Liquor such as beer or whatever drinks containing alcohol except wine can trigger high levels of uric acid and rheumatism or gout. In addition, this type of drink can trigger dehydration.
Dehydration. When the body is dehydrated, the ability of the kidneys to get rid of excess uric acid is reduced. So if you are short of drinking water, you run the risk of gout.
Foods that contain high purine levels can increase uric acid levels in the blood. Purines are ingredients that are naturally contained in some foods and are processed in the body to become gout.
Purines are commonly found in high protein foods, such as red meat (beef and mutton), beef liver, seafood dishes (anchovies, clams, sardines), and spinach. Especially if these foods are consumed simultaneously. We recommend that you limit consumption of all types of meat, from chicken to beef.
High sugar drinks that generally contain fructose sugar levels. Soft drinks should be avoided. Carbohydrates that have been processed such as white bread or noodles made from flour do have a low urine content. However, these foods can cause weight gain. So a better step is to consume healthy carbohydrates with high fiber, such as potatoes, beans, and vegetables. Pay attention to food choices for people with gout to reduce the risk.
Certain medications such as medications to treat high blood pressure or heart failure can trigger high uric acid levels. Some examples of drugs that can trigger gout are beta-blockers, diuretics, aspirin and cyclosporine. Therefore if you have high uric acid, it is important to inform before your doctor prescribes the drug.
Stress due to illness or medical procedures such as surgery can cause increased uric acid levels and trigger arthritis.
Triggers for gout attacks can be different for each person. Some can reduce uric acid levels by reducing just one type of food, but there are also those who need to do more. Identifying the specific triggering factors for your gout attacks can make life healthier and more comfortable.