Wednesday, July 4

Low purine diet to prevent uric acid stones

Last year, a routine laboratory blood test revealed that I had hypertension and the level of uric acid in my blood almost went beyond what was normal. Too much uric acid can cause uric acid stones that can result in gout or kidney stones.

My doctor had me taking amlodipine (for the hypertension) for a month and I bought a sphygmomanometer so I can monitor my blood pressure at home. I was also advised to take a low purine diet to lessen the uric acid in my blood and avoid the development of uric stones.

The low purine diet given to me consists of three food groups:

Group 1 - Can be eaten regularly

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables (except those in group 2)
  • Creads
  • Cereal and cereal products
  • Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Coffee and tea
  • Sugar and syrup
  • Gelatin (gulaman)

Group 2 - Can be eaten in moderation

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Poultry
  • Meat
  • Seafood such as crabs, oysters, eel, and shrimps
  • Fish (except those in group 3)
  • Vegetables such as asparagus, spinach, mushroom, and cauliflower
  • Legumes such as beans and lentils
  • Oatmeal
  • Butter, margarine, and fats

Group 3 - Can be eaten in limited amounts

  • Meat extracts
  • Internal organs like liver, kidneys, and intestines (chicharong bulaklak and isaw)
  • Anchovies (dilis and fermented shrimp paste (bagoong)
  • Herring (tamban, tawilis, tunsoy, lapad)
  • Mackerel (alumahan, hasa-hasa, tanigue)
  • Fish sauce (patis)
  • Gravy sauce
  • Whole wheat and other whole grain cereals
  • Balut (duck embryo)
  • Nuts

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