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    Is Gout Caused by Red Meat or Metabolic Syndrome?

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    Is Gout Caused by Red Meat or Metabolic Syndrome?

    Post by Jan1 on Fri Sep 21 2018, 00:59

    Amy Berger, MS, CNS, NTP writes:

    "If you or someone you know suffers from gout, then you know what a painful condition it can be. If you don’t know what it’s like, imagine having broken glass embedded in your big toe, turning something as simple as walking into an excruciating endeavour.

    Joints in the big toes aren’t the only ones affected in gout, but they’re typically the most common. Gout results from an abnormal buildup in the blood of a compound called uric acid. When uric acid concentration is high, it may precipitate or solidify into crystals, which accumulate in soft tissues, and this is what’s responsible for the pain associated with the condition.

    The Conventional Approach
    Gout has long been believed to result from a high intake of alcohol or animal protein. This is because a major source of uric acid is the breakdown of purines — a nitrogen-containing compound found in high concentrations in seafood, muscle meats, and organ meats. (There’s also a moderate amount of purines in protein-containing plant foods, such as beans, oats, wheat and peas.)

    For this reason, gout sufferers have traditionally been advised to avoid alcohol — especially beer — and follow a diet low in animal protein, particularly low in red meat. However, while some people experience relief by going this route, many others don’t, which suggests there’s something else behind this condition.

    To see what that “something else” might be, it helps to look at things from an evolutionary perspective. If a high intake of animal protein caused gout — or was the primary cause, anyway — then our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have had too much joint pain to go chasing after yet more prey. So it makes sense to look for a different explanation for why so many people are afflicted with gout in the 21st Century. And what’s really the problem in this condition, anyway: do people with gout produce more uric acid, or is the problem with clearance of uric acid?

    Incidence of gout has risen in concert with other disorders attributed to “Western” diets and lifestyles, such as type-2 diabetes and heart disease. Previous posts on the KetoDiet blog have explored chronically high insulin as a driving factor in PCOS, Alzheimer’s disease, and several other issues not typically associated with hyperinsulinemia, such as skin tags, erectile dysfunction, and migraines.
    With this in mind, could gout be yet another condition driven by chronically elevated insulin? "

    Continue reading much more here
    https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/lchf/is-gout-caused-by-red-meat-or-metabolic-syndrome

    You may also like to see Amy's blog Tuit Nutrition here
    www.tuitnutrition.com/2018/09/gout-and-insulin.html


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    Re: Is Gout Caused by Red Meat or Metabolic Syndrome?

    Post by chris c on Fri Sep 21 2018, 22:19

    Yes I added a comment on her blog. Now off to read the other one but first some sausages and runner beans are calling my name.

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