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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How to lower raised uric acid?

    My serum uric acid was in the normal range but after an overseas holiday of four weeks it was above the normal range. Having minimal alcohol over the next few weeks my level was even higher.

    I am a 67 year old female and have regular exercise. During the holiday I did drink wine every day. For the last two weeks I have stopped eating meat and meat products and seafood.
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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Thanks for your question.

    It may be worth consulting with your doctor and asking about medication to help lower your uric acid levels. Medications have largley replaced a low purine diet, but if you are still suffering high levels of uric acid or have severe gout, avoiding certain foods can help. Consulting with an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) is my best advice as an APD can work with you to formulate a plan that works for you and is still highly nutritious.

    It can be helpful to lose weight if you are in the overweight/obese category and drinking plenty of water (approx. 3L/day) can help excrete uric acid. Wine, dairy products and foods with vitamin C (kiwi fruit, strawberries, citrus fruits) appear to be protective as they have an alkaline ash effect.

    To find an APD near you, head to the Dietitians Association of Australia's website (www.daa.asn.au) and click on find an APD in the top right corner. 

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