Gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden attacks of painful,
inflamed joints. If it is not controlled, gout can cause severe damage to
joints, tendons, and other tissues.
Gout is caused by too much
uric acid in the blood. This used to be treated with a strict diet, but now
there are medicines that can control it. These medicines have largely replaced
the need to restrict what you eat.
But making changes in your diet
may still help with your gout. If you want to try an eating plan for gout, this
information can help you learn more about how to eat in ways that may help you
keep your gout under control and still get the nutrition you need.
To help control your
- Limit foods that are high in purines,
especially meat, seafood, and beer.
- Eat a healthy diet that
provides the nutrients you need and helps you control your weight.
Eat low-fat dairy products. This may lower your risk of gout.1
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids. This can
help your body get rid of uric acid.
What are purines and uric acid?
Why might you want to follow an eating plan for gout?
How to eat to help control your gout
Where to get more information
Now that you have read this information, you can make
choices that limit high-purine foods in your diet. Talk with your doctor about
the changes to your diet. He or she may have more suggestions and tips on how
to avoid high-purine foods. You may also want to meet with a
registered dietitian for more ideas about a healthful
diet for you.
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