Suffering From Gout? Avoid These Foods

Gout is a painful inflammatory condition, which affect joints (mainly smaller joints of hands and legs). Painful condition is due to deposition of sharp uric acid crystals in the joint space, which are known as “tophy”. Big toes are the most common site for gout, although it may affect any joint. Acute attacks or flare ups can last for days (sometimes even months, if not treated). Gout occurs when there is high uric acid level in blood (hyperuricemia), however all individuals with high uric acid do not suffer from gout. Foods high in purine content increase risk of hyperuricemia, because uric acid is the end product of purine metabolism. Hence, avoid foods with high purine content. What you eat can play an important role in gout. Hence, it is important to know what foods to avoid, if you are prone to flare ups of gout.

Red meat:

Red meat is not good for not only heart health, but also in case of gout. Red meat contain high purine and should be avoided by patients of gout and hyperuricemia. Eating lots of red meat regularly can increase uric acid content in blood and lead to gout.

Beer and alcohol:

If you have gout, beer can harm you doubly. Beer increases uric acid level in blood and it also reduce uric acid excretion by kidneys, which can lead to dangerously high uric acid level in blood and increase risk of gout flare ups by many folds. Other forms of alcohol may be better than beer, but alcohol can still increase uric acid level in blood in gout patient. Hence all types of alcohol need to be avoided in gout.

Herring and other sea foods:

Sea foods in general are not good in gout, as they are rich in purine content. They are okay once in a while, but regular consumption should be avoided. Herring, tuna, salmon, scallops etc. should be avoided in gout.

Sugary drinks:

Taking lots of drinks containing high fructose corn syrup (such as non-diet soda) can lead to increase production of uric acid and lead to hyperuricemia and gout. Several studies has sown that drinking lots of such drinks can increase risk of gout and hyperuricemia.

Turkey:

Turkey, goose etc. contain high purine and increase risk of development of hyperuricemia and gout. It is best to avoid them. If you are prone to develop gout (high risk of developing gout), you should avoid them.

If you suffer from gout, it is very important to know what foods to avoid to reduce risk of flare up of acute gout and reduce risk of hyperuricemia, a precondition of gout.

 

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