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Arthritis and Gout

Should I Change My Diet to Help Gout?

Dietary changes for most people with gout do not play a major role in controlling their uric acid levels. However, limiting certain foods that cause an increased production of uric acid -- such as red meats and organ meats (for example, liver and kidneys), as well as some shellfish and anchovies -- and reducing alcohol intake is often helpful. 

Also, stay very hydrated by drinking lots of water. This may help keep crystals from forming in the joint and also help flush the kidneys.

What Is the Outlook For People With Gout?

Although there is no cure for gout, it generally can be controlled with medication, diet, and hydration. Controlling gout can help prevent permanent damage to the joint and kidneys.



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Reviewed by David Zelman, MD on September 21, 2014

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