Tag: purines

7. Rethinking Protein Needs

You Might Need More
Most Americans get plenty of protein, despite the marketing hype suggesting otherwise, but an emerging scientific consensus says older adults may need even more. Evidence also is mounting that the timing of older adults’ protein consumption may be important; the traditional, protein-heavy dinner might need to give

Add the DASH Diet to the List of Gout Remedies

Add the DASH Diet to the List of Gout Remedies

Gout is a form of arthritis in which a build-up of uric acid in the body results in deposits of sharp crystals forming in the joints. It typically affects the big toe, although gout also can affect other joints. People with gout also are more likely to suffer from kidney

Gout Foods: Keep These 6 Items in Your Diet

Gout Foods: Keep These 6 Items in Your Diet

If you’re suffering from the pain and discomfort of gout, foods containing high levels of purine—among them organ meats and certain seafood—should be avoided. But what about foods that are safe to eat and might even help improve your condition?
Gout is caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in

Is Your Kidney Stone Pain a Single Episode… or Chronic?

Is Your Kidney Stone Pain a Single Episode… or Chronic?

It started as a pain in the mid-back, disassociated from any kind of spinal or muscle soreness that sometimes accompanies strenuous activity. It was a dull ache, off to one side, and it persisted into a dark and rainy night…. I’d heard about kidney stones and thought I might be

Of Pain and Purines: Lower Your Uric Acid to Ward Off Gout Flare-Ups

Of Pain and Purines: Lower Your Uric Acid to Ward Off Gout Flare-Ups

Purines. Everybody has them, and nearly everyone consumes them. Purines are natural substances found in your body’s tissues and in a wide array of foods. Moreover, they’re the precursors to uric acid, which forms when your body metabolizes purines.
Just as a heart attack may result from high cholesterol and other

What Is Gout?

What Is Gout?

Gout, a form of arthritis, occurs when uric acid crystals are deposited in the joints. Uric acid forms when the body metabolizes substances called purines, which are found in a variety of foods. In further answering the question “What is gout?” we should describe the impact food can have.

Gout is

Ask the Doctor: Reducing Hypothermia Risk; Low-Purine Diet for Gout

Q: During the winter months, what is the best way to reduce the risk of hypothermia?

A: Hypothermia is a condition that occurs when your body temperature drops below 95°F because it loses heat faster that it can produce heat.

Most cases of hypothermia are triggered by outdoor temperatures below 59°F. If

Q&A: Kidney Stones; Cognitive Decline; Energy

Q. I’m a woman in my mid-60s. What can I do to help prevent kidney stone formation?
A. The clearest link between women and kidney stones is overweight/obesity, smoking, and being sedentary. But a larger question is how kidney stones affect the health of other organs in your body. Kidney stones

Foods to Avoid With Gout

Foods to Avoid With Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in one or more joints. It most often occurs in the big toe joint, but also can affect your hands and your knees. Uric acid forms when the body breaks down purines (substances that occur naturally

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