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From: Sandy Laurie (
Subject: Veganism doesn't necessarily prevent gout.
Date: September 2, 2003 at 4:56 am PST

In Reply to: Gout and veganism posted by paul Wernick on September 1, 2003 at 1:18 pm:

A well balanced vegan diet can be very helpful in preventing the conditions that lead to gout and reducing the number of incidents, but sad to say vegans can have problems with gout.

Gout pain is caused by aggravating urate crystals in the joints. These crystals form over the long term and can be present for years with no symptoms. It generally takes about 20 years of hyperuricemia before there are gout symptoms. A diet high in purine and/or insufficient kidney function can contribute to them forming, as can the presence of some diseases such as lymphoma, leukemia, or hemolytic anemia. And, unfortunately, some people are just genetically more predisposed than others to suffer from gout.

It's not only meat that's high in purines - so are dried peas and beans. Flare-ups of pain can come from a variety of causes - overweight, infections, excess alcohol, taking diuretics, surgery.

If you haven't seen a doctor for this, you should. You want to make sure you don't have an undiagnosed renal insufficiency or underlying disease that's the root of the problem. NSAIDS are good for relieving the pain, but they can aggravate an existing kidney condition.

Bottom line - see a doctor.

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