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(From Sunday Mail (Malay))
Byline: Mary Chen
GOUT is a diet-related disease which can be exacerbated by fasting, writes MARY CHEN.
GOUT is the most common form of arthritis in men over 40 years old and it is also one of the most painful types of joint disease.
Because gout is directly related to diet, fasting can bring on an acute attack.
Consultant rheumatologist Dr Yeap Swan Sim explains that gout is a metabolic problem, whereby the body cannot properly process or control the amount of uric acid.
She says uric acid levels can be affected by a purine-rich diet - including red meat, alcohol (especially beer) and certain vegetables - when the body overproduces uric acid, and the kidneys are not able to excrete the excess uric acid due to lack of fluid.
Dr Yeap …