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Tips for Gout

There are many resources on the web that provide tips for managing Gout.  Here you will find a few general guidelines including a list of foods by purine content.

 

1.                    A low purine diet is recommended to reduce Gout flares.  Purines are compounds that are converted into uric acid as they are metabolized.  High uric acid levels can cause Gout and gout flares.

2.                    Eat a low fat diet.  Gout has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease.  Eating a low fat diet can reduce this risk.

3.                    Drink lots of fluids.  This will help your body rid itself of some of the uric acid in your system.  Drinking water is great for Gout.

4.                    Limit or stop drinking alcohol.  Any alcohol consumption should be discussed with your doctor in case your treatment plan mandates that you not consume alcohol.  If you can drink small amounts, wine is probably the best option if you suffer from Gout and want to have a drink with dinner.  Beer is high in purines.

5.                    Maintain a healthy weight.

 

 

Here is a list of foods by purine level.  High purine foods increase uric acid levels so they should probably be avoided or at least consumed in small quantities.

 

High Purine Foods

 

Anchovies

Bouillon

Broth

Consommé

Gravy

Goose

Liver

Mussels

Roe

Sardines

Scallops

Shrimp

Yeast (supplement form, not breads)

 

Medium Purine Foods

 

Asparagus

Beans (legumes)

Cauliflower

Fish

Green Peas

Meat

Mushrooms

Oatmeal

Oats

Poultry

Shellfish

Soy

Spinach

Whole grain breads

Whole grain cereals

 

Low Purine Foods

 

Butter

Cheese

Cocoa

Corn

Cornbread

Cream soups

Eggs

Ice cream

Nuts

Pasta

Peanut butter

Pudding

Sugar

Tapioca

Vegetables

White bread

White Rice

 

Low Purine Beverages

 

Coffee

Fruit juice

Milk

Soda

Tea

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Start Date
Jan 18, 2009
by txsilver
Last Revision
Jan 18, 2009
by txsilver