[Question] ||| "I recently had a gout attack. Why was I told to decrease my intake of protein? What does Protein have to do with gout?"
[Answer] ||| "Gout is a form of arthritis that results when uric acid crystals accumulate in large joints (usually the big toe). Uric acids are one of the by-products of dietary metabolism with protein foods that are rich in a compound called purine. Generally, the body maintains an even level of uric acid and crystal formation is not a problem for the majority of individuals. However, for those individuals who have a predisposition to Gout, restricting the intake of purine-rich protein foods could be helpful such as organ meats (liver), sweetbreads, sardines and herring, alcohol and some cheeses."
[ABOUT THE EXPERT] ||| Agnes Oblas, ANP-C; New Paths to Healthcare, LLC
A certified nurse practitioner, Agnes Oblas received her bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Minnesota before beginning her nursing career in Boston, first at Beth Israel Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital.
In 1972, Oblas was awarded my first Master’s degree (MSN) in Medical-Surgical Nursing from Boston University. In 1979, sensing the need to advance hercareer further, Oblas was awarded her second MSN from Simmons College, also in Boston, in the area of Adult Primary Care. Oblas successfully sat for Board Certification as an Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in 1980 and have maintained certification ever since.
As a nurse practitioner in primary care, Oblas provides comprehensive, patient-centered healthcare, assessing, diagnosing and managing the full spectrum of medical problems present to any primary care setting. Oblas also focuses on disease prevention and risk deduction as well as sick care, while considering psychological issues that affect a patient's illness and/or recovery.
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