am a tennis player. Last summer and again now I developed shooting
pain in my wrist and ankle. A blood test revealed high uric acid
levels. Could you explain this condition and any dietary changes
which could reduce these levels?
is commonly called Gout.
When protein rich foods specially non- veg like fish, seafood, mutton,
chicken, beef, glandular meat like liver, kidney etc are digested
in the body, uric acid is formed as a break down product. This must
be flushed out of the body with plenty of water. If not urate crystals
will form and lodge themselves in the cartilages of the joints like
wrist, elbow, shoulder, ankle, toes etc. This will result in shooting
pain or a pricking pain.
is seen to occur more frequently and obviously in summer as the
normal water intake may be insufficient for the hot days. So the
first step is to drink much more water than you drink now.
is to make it a rule to eat less non-veg in the summer days. Try
to eat it only once a day and preferably only at lunch so that there
is time to digest it. Soups and gravies of meat or fish produce
high levels of uric acid, so please avoid.
sportsmen like tennis, badminton, cricket, etc. players seem quite
susceptible to this. This could be due to increased perspiration
during training and insufficient water consumption. Also players
seem to be in and out of special training camps where lots of non-
veg food is available. They eat large amounts of it thinking it
will build their body. You need the protein but try to consume milk,
egg and dhals along with the meat so that you eat lesser quantities
of meat/poultry/fish. Milk and egg white are protein foods that
do not raise uric acid levels.
chickoo, beans, peas, pulses-channa, rajma, moong sprouts and spinach
too must be avoided when there is pain. These foods contain high
amount of purine, which gets converted to uric acid in the body.
After the uric acid levels come down these may be eaten occasionally.
We have also observed sudden gout attacks of pain after the consumption
of too much alcohol, so please avoid.
Any kind of
fasting and feasting can bring on an attack of pain. When fasting
- tissues in your own body are broken down and uric acid is formed
when you over eat lots of breakdown of food too occurs and uric
acid concentrations rise and attacks of pain occur. Men are more
prone to this condition than women. The level in the blood should
not be more than 6mg/dl for men and 5mg/dl for women. Some women
develop this after menopause.