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    Can any Dietitians help me? What is the clinical treatment for Gout?

    Could you help me please. I am studying Nutritional medicine and have been asked to do a review on traditional methods used today. I have chosen Gout and Nutrition but i don't know what the method used today by clinicians is. would love your support or if you can point me to a resource that tells me what today's methods are. Thanks!
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    Core Nutrition is the business of Mrs Elke Supple, Accredited Dietitian & Nutritionist who provides family orientated nutrition consultancy. Elke specialises in weight loss, food … View Profile

    The clinical treatment for gout is actually medication. GPs presribe the type and dose for each patient to get the best outcome. There is dietary and lifestyle measures that people can adopt to reduce the severity and/or the risk of another gout attack. The areas are:
    (1) Diet - one that is low in foods that are high in purines. Purines convert into uric acid.
    (2) Weight - Gradual weight loss of around 0.5kg per week is encouraged in individuals who are overweight.
    (3) Alcohol - lower your intake of alcohol. Some people need to stop drinking altogether to avoid gout attacks.
    (4) Water - aim for 3L water per day
    (5) Exercise - moderate exercise on most days of the week can help with decreasing body weight. Do not exercise excessively as this causes a rise in lactic acid, which leads to a rise in uric acid.
    Hope this helps your review.

  • Elizabeth Newsham-West is committed to optimising the health and well-being of people across all ages within the Mount Tamborine community.  She works as a domicillary … View Profile

    I agree with Elke Supple. Medication is the main form of treatment for gout but some lifestyle choices being high alcohol and  red meat intake being overweight and having a sedentary lifestyle may be associated with some but not all gout suffers.

    There can also be some underlying disease/pathology which are associated with gout such as metabolic syndrome so appropriate investigations need to be done to ensure the person is appropriately treated.

  • Gaby Rodriguez

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    Thanks for your reply, yes medication is the first treatment but it is not the traditional treatment. thanks again.

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