Did my diet cause my gout?

 As you probably know, gout is a painful form of arthritis that occurs when high levels of a waste product called uric acid build up in the body. It can settle into joints, where it forms sharp crystals that can trigger inflammation, redness, and pain. Your diet may have aggravated the condition, but didn’t cause it.

Many people who eat lots of shellfish and other foods associated with gout, such as alcohol and red meat, never get gout. Foods like these are high in substances called purines, which form uric acid when they break down. But it would be very difficult for someone who has normal levels of uric acid to eat enough of these foods to cause gout. Rather, these foods likely only trigger a problem in someone whose body already has levels of uric acid that are too high.

These elevated uric acid levels likely occur because your body has an underlying condition that inhibits it from clearing uric acid from your system effectively, or causes it to produce too much uric acid — potentially both. Research has found that changing your diet alone also isn’t enough to reduce gout attacks. But you can help prevent future attacks of gout by working with your doctor. To prevent a recurrence, she or he may recommend a urate-lowering medication, in addition to lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and eating a healthy diet.

Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren

Acts 4:18-31 And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”     

2 Chronicles 25:19 “You said, ‘Behold, you have defeated Edom.’ And your heart has become proud in boasting. Now stay at home; for why should you provoke trouble so that you, even you, would fall and Judah with you?”

1 Samuel 2:3 “Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed.

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes dishonor, But with the humble is wisdom.

Proverbs 16:5 Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.

Micah 2:3 Therefore thus says the LORD, “Behold, I am planning against this family a calamity From which you cannot remove your necks; And you will not walk haughtily, For it will be an evil time.

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