Updated Dec 17th, — Written by Craig Clarke. Medical review by Dr. Barton Jennings. Painful joints, swelling, sudden intense pain, these are the hallmarks of gout — a type of arthritis that is caused by the buildup of uric acid. Gout usually affects the joints, particularly the base of the big toe, causing gout attacks of severe pain as well as swelling. Fortunately, this condition is simple enough that we can easily study the various causes and risk factors for gout and how to potentially alleviate its symptoms. In fact, the current research has found a plethora of simple dietary and lifestyle modifications that can help those who suffer from this debilitating condition. Gout is one of the most common types of arthritis.
The ketogenic diet or short keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet intended to place the body in a stable condition called ketosis. The common diet has also been related to changes in some medical problems, such as diabetes and heart disease, while better regarded as a way to lose weight quickly. There’s some evidence that can also tend to relieve gout. According to the Arthritis Foundation, gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that affects four percent of all American adults. It is important to remember when following a keto diet, that it is not for everyone, and entering ketosis will potentially cause flare-ups. More research on keto and gout is available here to help you determine if the keto diet is for you. When it comes to studies into the impact of a keto diet on gout it is a bit of a mixed bag.
There is a short-term increased risk of gout flares when initially entering into nutritional ketosis due to the competitive inhibition of ketones on kidney excretion of uric acid Veech, This is transient, and once one is through the keto-adaptation process, the long-term risk of gout decreases Hussain, Very few people who are not prone to gout it’s partially genetic have an attack due to starting a ketogenic diet. A well-formulated ketogenic diet has potent anti-inflammatory properties that we are just now coming to understand. The primary ketone in our blood, beta-hydroxybutyrate BOHB, is a regulatory signal that works inside white blood cells to reduce inflammation. Most recently, a well-known research group at Yale have studied the ketogenic diet in rats and in humans, and demonstrated that it actually has a protective effect against joint damage caused by gout Goldberg, They’ve worked out the mechanism, and in the process demonstrated that BOHB can reduce damaging inflammation without reducing the benefits of inflammation such as healing and our defenses against infection.