Men Living with Gout?

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Posted: 29 Jul 2016, 22:57
I know this is an old post, but I can confirm that MSG causes gout in me. After years of trial and error, it is the MSG that always causes it. It is in everything, and what initially clued me in was eating dried cuttlefish and Hot Fries in the same day that I also had a Cup of Noodles for lunch. I am from Hawaii and we love all of those things. That started my quest to eventually figure out it is the MSG. Now whenever I have a gout attack, I can ALWAYS trace it back to something I forgot had MSG, like a bag of BBQ Chips, Top Ramen (the flavor packet), sausage links (McDonald too!), some bacons, most flavored corn chips (nacho cheese, ranch), Campbells soups, Mexican packet soups, so many things. Read the labels and it could be affecting you too. Some restaurants you must ask also, because some put it in Kim Chee and their soup bases and sauces. Asian places LOVE to put it in their dips and sauces. I myself can eat any shellfish, drink beer, everything else is fine (except the concentrated fish sauces too as in Filipino food which I love), for the most part, just be careful not to STACK the items. A bag of Doritos is fine for me, but if I eat it, then eat a sausage burrito from McDonald's along with a hotdog that has it, the BOOM! Gout attack. Hope this saves you some time in figuring it out. Read the label and you'll be surprised how many things have MSG, even a lot of dressings, like Hidden Valley Ranch.

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Posted: 07 Sep 2016, 16:41
Very informative thread! My husband has Gout, and he can not eat too much of any kind of meat, pork, chicken, or seafood. Purines in meat and other foods and drinks cause uric acid build up. My husband cannot eat catfish or beef or drink beer at all; all those things cause a Gout flare up. From what I have gathered, the trigger food may be different for everyone.
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Posted: 09 Sep 2016, 06:48
Meat can be a trigger for some, but there is also a strong association with sugar, and particularly high fructose corn syrup. I find minimizing beer and soft drinks helps. Tomatoes are also a trigger for some.

One very important thing is to stay hydrated. Dehydration often precedes an attack.

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Posted: 09 Sep 2016, 20:17
Yes, I totally agree. I forgot to mention that one of my husband's triggers is also high fructose corn syrup.
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Posted: 27 Nov 2016, 13:51
My husband is a gout sufferer and after a lot of trial & error we finally realized his trigger is shellfish. He is not a big seafood fan anyway so that was no problem BUT - he kept having gout attacks even after eliminating it from his diet! Turns out there is shellfish in most multi vitamins, joint supplements, etc. We read labels VERY carefully now. I also found a diet online (and have been unable to find it again!) where you eat no other meats but dark meat chicken and freshwater fish. We did that faithfully for 30 days and it did rid him of the high uric acid levels in his bloodwork. He taked a prescription for gout daily and has been much better. Hope this is some help.

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Posted: 03 Jul 2018, 04:41
Try avoiding monosodium glutamate (also known as MSG). It is one of the biggest Gout triggers for many people. More in this article -

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Posted: 08 Jul 2018, 06:11
I had gout for about 10 years. I have been eating LCHF (low carb high fat) for 2+ years, and haven't had a gout attack for over 2 years. or a migraine. Plus I have lost 40lbs and gone down from a size 20 to a size 10 Very Happy

My son aslo had gout, he started LCHF about a year ago and hasn't had a gout attack since.

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Posted: 08 Jul 2018, 10:44

Please google it for gout.

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Posted: 08 Aug 2018, 15:48
My husband and his mom have gout flare ups. He says the gout occurs every time he overeats shell fish. He takes no meds and it clears up on its own. But I can see how painful it is for him. It affects one foot only.

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Posted: 14 Aug 2018, 06:41
AnaE7 wrote:
My husband and his mom have gout flare ups. He says the gout occurs every time he overeats shell fish. He takes no meds and it clears up on its own. But I can see how painful it is for him. It affects one foot only.

Hello, They should definetely avoid shellfish. Shellfish is very high in purines. Shellfish and gout

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Posted: 13 Jun 2019, 13:11
Right I never post on any of these but I just got out of hospital.


I believe a lot of people on here maybe the same as me. I’m 28 go to the gym 4/5x a week do cardio (not as much as I should). But I’ve suffered with gout from 13-14 is the first time I remember having it. Had a few attacks over the last few years from severe to just painful. After a few attacks I stopped red meat all together and cut down on alcohol.

I don’t fit the stereotypical 30-40 and slightly overweight category. I did a timeline of when I had my worst attacks. It was after or before my holidays. I would go to gym even harder, out carbs and have a lot of protein (shakes / Huge portions of chicke etc). But having excess protein in my body is what causes my attacks. So eating too much healthy food (chicken) can also be bad.

Just keep an eye out for high levels of protein causing your issues.

Hope this helps someone.


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Posted: 03 Jul 2019, 15:48
anapdc wrote:
I would like to ask the guys out there that have gout, how did you manage your diet?

My husband is 40 and is about 10 lbs above ideal weight. He had 2 severe gout attacks in the last 4 months. He took medication, he does not eat red meat, eats chicken 1x a week and fish 2x a week. I am not sure this is right for him, but he insists he is doing it properly.

The docs are making us confused, one said avoid red meat only?! To me his best shot is basically becoming vegetarian.
What are your thoughts and experiences?


kidney beans and some other innocuous legumes can add to it, as well as some fish. Cherry capsules work wonders.

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