View Full Version : Does Atkins diet cause gout symtoms?

10-28-2011, 12:02 PM
My husband and I have been following Atkins since April with good results, both losing over 32 lbs thus far. However, lately he`s been having problems with swelling of ankles and the doctor he saw this morning thought it could be gout. Could following the high protein/low fat diet be contributing to these symptoms? If so, what should he be eating? By following Atkins, his diabetes is finally under good control, so we don`t want to take a chance and up the carbs again. We`re really stumped now.

10-28-2011, 12:04 PM
high protein/low fat? Atkins isn`t either of those, it`s high fat, moderate protein, low carb.

10-28-2011, 12:06 PM
Losing weight quickly can lead to a gout flare-up. It has been suggested that slowing down weight loss can be helpful in getting this under control, along with taking the medication allopurinol.

_Could following the high protein/low fat diet be contributing to these symptoms?_

Why are you eating high protein and low fat, any way? That`s not Atkins. Atkins is high fat, moderate protein and restricted carbohydrate.

As far as the root cause of gout, which is increased levels of uric acid, there is some evidence that too much fructose in the diet can be a cause. Protein, however, hasn`t been shown to be a cause.

10-28-2011, 12:08 PM
Please read Colette`s information about gout:

_The Atkins program should not increase uric acid levels above normal levels. A number of studies done using the Atkins approach have measured uric acid levels and found that they stay within normal ranges. Gout is effected by uric acid levels.

Using healthy fats, fish oils, and other omega-3 fatty acids along with other fats and proteins, the inflammatory response in the body should improve. It is also important to get the anitioxidants in colorful vegetables.

A pre existing condition of Gout can be aggravated by rapid weight loss on any program as well as the Atkins Nutritional ApproachT. Modification usually requires slowing weight loss down to fewer than two pounds a week and working with a doctor who may prescribe 300 mg of the prescription drug Allopurinol. If the uric acid level remains low, Allopurinol may be tapered down and stopped after one month, both under a physician`s care._

This was taken from the following thread: http://community.atkins.com/discussions/viewTopic/p/topicId/6707166/gout.htm%3E

10-28-2011, 06:50 PM
Thanks for posting that Labhra?n.

Let me know if you have any other questions.