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  • What foods should I avoid if I have gout?

    Gout can be extremely painful, with attacks lasting days to weeks (or more, without proper treatment). Flare-ups are triggered when uric acid in the blood reaches above a certain level. Uric acid is a product your body makes when it digests purines; suffers of gout should therefore limit or avoid foods and drinks that contain purines.

    Some common purine-rich foods include meat (especially red meat and organ meat), poultry, seafood, alcohol (especially beer), high fructose corn syrup (common in soft drinks, juices, and processed sweets), and refined carbohydrates. Although fruits and veggies are usually a good option, a few do have elevated purine levels and should be eaten more cautiously—these include asparagus, spinach, and cauliflower.

    For help dealing with painful gout attacks, including advice on the best diet for gout, as well as other necessary medications or treatment, contact Victoria L. Melhuish, DPM. Dial (775) 783-8037 to schedule an appointment at one of our two Nevada locations: Carson City or Gardnerville.

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