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High levels of uric acid and cholesterol. Suffering from pain and swelling in legs and knee. Need diet advice

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My father has got uric Acid 7.5 , found cholestrol high recently. He is suffering of pain and swelling in legs and pain in knee joint . His Age is 83 yrs having otherwise sound health and does regular exercise.
He likes fish and milk as common regular food and takes vegitables maximum . local Doctors has advised to stop taking fish as well as milk . Now he has started losing confidence and feels week. Please guide us the diet as well as the medicine
Posted Sat, 14 Jul 2012 in Liver and Gall Bladder
Answered by Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja 1 hour later

Thanks for posting your query

It seems your father is suffering from gout, which has led to swelling and pain in limbs

He needs to avoid foods with high Purine contents

Here is a small list which would guide you what to avoid :

High Purine Foods – Avoid

Foods to Avoid
Beer, anchovies, organ meat (brains, kidney, liver, sweetbreads), game meats, gravies, yeast, meat extracts, sardines, herring, mackerel, scallops.

Medium Purine Foods – Eat in Moderation
Fresh and saltwater fish, shellfish, eel, meat, poultry, meat soups and broth, asparagus , mushrooms, cauliflower, spinach, legumes, oatmeal, XXXXXXX wheat germ, whole-grain breads and cereals, eggs.

Low Purine Foods – No Restriction
Breads and cereals (low-fiber, white flour, or refined grain types), nuts, peanut butter. Vegetables not high in purines, soups – cream style or vegetable without meat extract, coffee, tea, fruit juices, soft drinks, gelatin, sugar, low fat cheeses.

Gout Diet – Foods That May Help
Some people have found cherry juice or strawberries helpful. Some chemicals contained in dark berries may help reduce the inflammation and lower the uric acid.
Fatty acids in flax seed or olive oil or nuts may reduce inflammation too.
It has been suggested that using tofu (from soybeans) instead of meat could also be helpful.

Hope this helps
Do get back if there is any doubt
Wishing Your Father a Speedy Recovery
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