Still low UA readings. Need to figure out why. Although I am pretty happy not to be at risk for a gout attack.
Todays weather and temperature: Sunny and around 0 degrees centigrade.
Breakfast: Osoni soup and mochi rice cakes.
Lunch: Udon noodles in yesterdays hotpot soup.
Snack: I ate all the leftover new years dishes.
Dinner: "sukiyaki", thin slices of meat dipped in egg, boiled in a sweetish sauce.
Todays supplements and dosage: No supplement today, still at the traditional new years dishes.
Todays UA reading: 6.7 mg/dL.
This is considerably higher than yesterday, but still confusingly low after all the shabu-shabu I had yesterday. So I tried to troubleshoot:
- Can it be that the test trips for the UASure are damaged?
-- This is not likely, the storage temperature recommended is above 4 deg C. And even if it is cold outside, our bedroom is not that cold.
- Can the UASure device be damaged?
-- Also not likely, but to be sure I ran a calibration, using the calibration strip. Smiley faces on both the R1 and R2 ends. So no problem with the UASure operation.
- Can the UASure device and the test strip be too cold during measurement?
-- While we do not heat up all rooms during winter, and I frequently have noticed that measurements are lower when the test strips are cold, I try to heat them up to normal room temperature by holding them under the airstream from the heater (which is about 30 deg C) until the UASure test strip (still in the package) is no longer cold to the touch. The UASure device also does not indicate "t low". any more.
So it is unlikely that the low UA reading is created by a malfunction of the UASure device and the test strip. That means identifying if something has changed in my physiology or life style. .
- Have I done something that could change the UA reading drastically?
-- I am still overweight, and I excercise too little during vacation. That is sort of a reverse explanation.
-- I have not taken my fish oil supplements for two weeks (for various reasons). If that is the explanation, the values should return when I start taking them again. That would be interesting.
-- I am not taking aojiru supplements now. If not taking aojiru supplements can lower the UA, then the millions of people who suffer from gout should simply stop taking them. And of course most gout sufferers do not take aojiru, so they can not stop. That can not be the explanation.
-- Aojiru has a delayed effect - you have to take it for two weeks, and the effect persists. Not sure that may be right, but if I refrain from taking it the values should return to normal.
-- I have finally depleted all stored uric acid, so UA reading is now reflecting recently produced uric acid only. That is actually not a bad hypothesis. If I eat a purine-rich meal, my UA should go up. Which actually happened yesterday. But I am not sure how I could test beyond that. Perhaps if I continue the purine-free diet for a while I should see continued low UA values. I will continue to test this from next week.
So the way to check this is first to take fish oil, and see if it has any effect. Then re-introduce the aojiru, and see if it has any effect. And continue the low-purine diet. I will start the day after tomorrow.
Todays step count: 8064 steps
How much did I drink today?: Coffee 1 liter, water 2 liter, beer 0.3 liter, wine 0.5 liter. Total 3.8 liter, more or less a US gallon.
This weeks weight: 121 kg
Waist circumference: 121 kg
How many times did I go to the toilet today? #1 3 times, #2 1 times.
My urine pH this morning (for why this matters, read more here): I did not measure today.
Was my urine strange in any way? Not that I could see.
How many minutes did I use the Sixpad Foot Fit Plus? None, no desk time today.