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Your Diet Matters When You Have Gout

Gout attacks are so painful that they can ruin your life, or at least your day.

Gout results from a uric acid buildup in your joints. And even though anyone can get gout, people with a family history of kidney problem are more likely to develop the condition.

Most gout attacks happen out of the blue and can be managed with anti-inflammatory medication. But if you want to prevent attacks, you should change your diet.

Jeffery Miller, MD, at Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay wants you to live pain free. Here’s how changing your diet can help.

Why diet matters when you have gout

Gout develops when uric acid builds up in your joint, and uric acid is a by-product of the breakdown of purines, a type of chemical compound found in many foods. If you control your purine intake, you can reduce or eliminate gout attacks.

Avoid organ meats

Organ meats contain high purine levels. We recommend that you eliminate organ meats from your diet all together. If you can’t live without liver and other organ meats, drastically cut down on the amount you eat.

Say goodbye to these organ meats:

Watch which seafood you eat

Fish and other seafood are rich in protein and crucial nutrients like omega-3 fats. However, some types of seafood are higher in purines than others. 

High-purine seafood includes:

Better options are salmon, perch, and haddock.

Don’t drink too much

Alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for gout. Frequently drinking beer, hard liquor, and other alcoholic beverages can interfere with your body’s ability to get rid of uric acid.

If you must drink, do it in moderation—up to one drink daily for women and up to two drinks for men. Wine is a better choice than other alcoholic drinks. 

Avoid sugary drinks

Soda, fruit juice, and other sugary drinks are harmful to gout sufferers. Even as little as one soda a day can dramatically raise your chance of having a gout attack.

While diet sodas don’t provoke gout attacks, they can cause other issues like weight gain. To stay healthy, replace sodas with herbal teas and plain water. 

Eat gout-friendly foods

You’ve got to eat and drink something. Fresh, frozen, minimally-processed, and nutritious foods should fuel your diet. Cut back on animal protein, and eat a wide variety of plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables. Not only will these diet changes reduce gout attacks, they’ll promote overall well-being. 

Here are foods you should consume:

Also, drink plenty of water, which dilutes and helps your body eliminate uric acid. Drinking more than eight glasses of water a day reduces your risk of gout attacks by nearly half.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller to talk about how he can help you manage gout attacks with medication and lifestyle changes, call our office today.

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