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What is the connection between gout and eating non-veg?

I have been diagnosed with gout and my doctor has advised me to stop eating meat. What is the connection?

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Certain foods to AVOID with gout include the following:
1) saturated fats
2) organ meats--liver, sweetbreads, etc
3) certain seafoods like anchovies
4) sweets, soft drinks

Try to stick to complex carbs(fruits and veggies) and whole grains and lentils, small portions of very lean beef and chicken, drink lots of water, lose weight, and exercise.
The breakdown of purines found in certain meat products causes uric acid levels to increase. Also, when people are entering ketosis, when little to no carbs are being digested per day, uric acid levels in the blood increase and cause the formation of urate crystals. These crystals settle in the joints, causing gout.
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Concentration of uric acid in them: wine, cheese, meat, and others. So, we often recommend that people with gout reduce the intake of these types of foods. There are medications that lower uric acid. When we use those, the nutrition restrictions can be loosened a bit.

Gout is a disorder of purine metabolism. Purines are compounds, which are components of purine bases. Therefore....

Foods high in purine can and should be avoided. Aside from seafood, beef is also on the list of purine-rich foods. Some vegetables contain high levels of purine. Spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, and peas are vegetables to consider. Note that, although purine rich meats foods can exacerbate gout, in most individuals, vegetables do not. In some individuals, milk and cheese reduce the chances of gout. Obviously, everyone is genetically different, and what works for some, may not work for others. However, these are important things to consider, since you can use a food diary to see what may be exacerbating gout, and omit it from your diet. The following is a list of foods high in purine: Meat, poultry, fish, tofu, kidneys, brains liver, sweetbreads, offal, anchovies, sardines, seafood in general, asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, cauliflower, peas, lentils, meat extracts, gravies, and last, but not least, alcoholic beverages.
The doctor is trying to get you to cut out proteins called purines from your diet, and that will lower your blood level of uric acid (the substance that forms crystals in your joints that cause gout attacks). The low-purine diet is not just vegetarian, since some vegetables contain purines; it's best to look up the diet online at a source like www.drugs.com. HOWEVER, it's a very uncomfortable diet, and medications to lower uric acid are generally inexpensive and well-tolerated. Decide which works for you and your lifestyle.