Dr. Brandon Nelson Discusses What Foods to Avoid With Gout

Dr. Brandon Nelson Discusses What Foods to Avoid With Gout

From a medical standpoint, gout is one of the oldest recognized forms of arthritis dating back to the middle ages. This is often considered a disease of the well-off, because it's associated with over eating and drinking. Gout is an inflammatory disorder that often affects the big toe joint. What can occur is uric acid precipitated out of the body and builds up in joints and tissues causing pain and swelling. The primary source of uric acid is from the metabolism purines from foods we eat. Therefore we elected to focus on recognizing foods that are high in purines or can increase uric acid levels. One of the most common is sugar and all forms can increase gout reduction.

It is advisable to avoid especially sugary drinks and candies, however naturally occurring sugars found improvement but still usually have significant effect. In addition we know that processed foods as well can have an increased effect and uric acid production. Other foods that should be avoided include red meat, organs and wild game. In addition some fish like Salmon and Tuna should be limited as well. Alcohol consumption has a long-standing association with causing significant gouty attacks. Vegetables are generally considered safe. If you are suffering from big toe pain, swelling and redness we at Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists can help.

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