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please explain what foods to eat when you have gout?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
See below: You want to stay away from alcohol, crab, lobster shrimp and other foods that are high in purines such as cheese.
Dr. Diane Minich
Family Medicine 37 years experience
For gout: You want to stay away from alcohol and foods high in purines.
Dr. Amit Golding
Rheumatology 19 years experience
No red meat/shellfis: Gout is one form of arthritis that is very strongly influenced by what you eat. Uric acid is derived from the break down of purines, which are enriched especially in high protein foods such as organ meats and shellfish. Gout attacks can also be triggered by over-consumption of alcohol and sugary soda drinks. One food that can help prevent gout is cherries but you need to consume at least 10 a day.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the four stages of gout?

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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Rheumatology 19 years experience
4 stages of gout: The first stage is high uric acid levels in blood without a gout attack. The 2nd stage, acute gout, is gout flares separated by asymptomatic periods. If treated effectively, disease progression stops and no more flares. If untreated, acute gout can progress to 3rd stage: chronic gout, with constant flares. The 4th & final stage is terminal gout with joint destruction and disability. Get treated!
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Is gout curable?

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Dr. Sheeja Francis
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Manageable.: No cure. If managed appropriately, prolonged remission is possible. Would recommend seeing a rheumatologist.
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What increases the risk of developing gout?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Gout risk: Hereditary factors, heavy alcohol consumption, diabetes mellitus, obesity and uric acid metabolic disorders.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any natural treatments for gout that have been proven to be helpful?

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Dr. Haleh Agdassi
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 26 years experience
Enriched skim milk?: Treatment no, but decreasing frequency of flare ups maybe so. Just released: drinking skim milk enriched with glycomacropeptide and g600 milk fat extract may help reduce the frequency of painful flare ups. Discuss with your doctor first though! here is the link: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_121136.Html.
A 21-year-old member asked:

If I have gout can I still travel?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: You can definitely travel with gout. You should, however, take your medications if you have a flare-up to avoid further complications.

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