Foods to avoid when suffering from gout

Gout is a quite a common condition and can be extremely painful pain, with swelling and inflammation in one, or even in multiple joints. Gout can attack any joint in the body, but it is the big toe that is most commonly affected by this condition. Gout generally occurs in attacks, that usually last from anywhere between three to ten days. Once the attack has passed the joint will feel normal again and should be free of pain. However, gout attacks are near impossible to predict. In addition if the condition is left untreated, future attacks will tend to be a lot more severe, occurring with greater frequency and lasting much longer.

The condition is caused by a build up of urate or uric acid in the blood stream. When substances, known as purines, are broken down by the body, there is a by product known as urate. This is normally a harmless waste product but turns problematic in this condition. Purines are found normally in the body as well as in some types of foods and certain alcohols too, like beer, stout, and port.

Gout can be easily addressed and the best way to manage or control the condition is by keeping in check the conditions that worsen it. Along with prescribed medications dietary changes are extremely important to treating and keeping the problem in check.

Any and almost all foods that have high levels of purine are best avoided. It may seem strange but although fish is regarded as being integral to a healthy diet and particularly beneficial for the heart, most research suggests that there is a connection between gout and seafood. But at the same time while some fish like sardines are avoidable there are some fish that are beneficial to your diet like salmon. It is best to follow an individualised diet, for which reason it is important that you consult with your doctor and a nutritionist.

answered by M W

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