How Can High Uric Acid Be Prevented?
Cleveland Clinic says that high uric acid can be managed with medications that help dissolve any deposits of uric acid crystals causing painful complications. However, the source notes, “A lifelong urate-lowering therapy may be needed, with medications that prevent gout flares and ultimately dissolve crystals that are already in your body.”
The source also explains that it might be recommended to lose weight to help control high uric acid. Low-impact exercises such as walking and biking can also help protect the joints. You can also make changes to your diet, which we’ll explain in more detail next.
Foods to Avoid
Medical News Today says that many foods contain purines, but you can follow a “low purine diet” that could be beneficial. The source notes “moderate or high levels” of purines are found in bacon, organ meats, turkey, and certain seafood such as shellfish, trout, haddock, sardines, and herring.
The source also says the low-purine diet includes avoiding fatty foods such as fried food and full-fat dairy. Alcoholic beverages (beer and whiskey in particular), as well as sweetened drinks like soda and fruit juice, should also be removed from the lineup.
Foods to Eat
The same source has some recommendations for foods to eat on a low-purine diet. They include drinking plenty of water to help flush out uric acid. Beyond that, you can eat low-fat dairy (such as milk and yogurt), as well as grains and starch including bread, pasta, and potatoes.
The source says you should also increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, and look for good sources of vitamin C such as oranges, strawberries, and bell peppers. Coffee, tea, and “carbonated beverages” (likely not the aforementioned soda) are also on the “good” list.