Diuretics and gout: What's the connection?

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Diuretics and gout: What's the connection?
« on: June 24, 2012, 11:16:48 AM »
Taking diuretics may raise uric acid levels in your blood (hyperuricemia). In some people, over time, hyperuricemia leads to gout. For this reason, people with a history of gout are frequently advised to avoid diuretics.

Many medications other than diuretics are available to control blood pressure. With other classes of blood pressure medications, it's usually possible to control high blood pressure without triggering gout or gout flares.

Also, many of the measures you take to reduce blood pressure have the added benefit of lowering uric acid. These measures include:

    Eating a healthy diet, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and reduced servings of meat and whole-fat dairy products
    Drinking little to no alcohol
    Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight based on your body mass index