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What's best food to eat to avoid gout?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Low purines: Google low purine or gout diet to see the foods low in purines to eat and those high in purines to avoid. Purines are important in making uric acid, the cause for gout. If you do not secrete enough uric acid or over porduce uric acid, you may come down with an acute gout attack. Force fluids, always. Stay well hydrated and follw this diet as best you can. Follow with pcp/ with rheumatologist.
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Gout diet: Uric acid comes from purines made naturally by your body as well as from purines in your diet. Avoid foods high in purines like red meats, organ meats, canned tuna, anchovies, mackerel, sardines, herring, mussels, scallops, shrimp and lobster. Avoid alcohol. Avoid sugar. Eat more plant-based proteins and drink lots of fluids. Choose low-fat or nonfat dairy products. The goal is uric acid <6.0.
Dr. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe commented
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Provided original answer
In addition to sugar, also avoid high-fructose corn syrup, contained in many sodas and juice containing drinks, which may increase your risk of gout, insulin resistance and development of type 2 diabetes. Avoid all processed foods.
Jan 16, 2012
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
A Verified Doctoranswered
45 years experience
Diet and gout: Avoid meats and most importantly, avoid organ meats; fatty meats and alcohol are doubly potent against gout. Avoid these. Also, if you are able, drink at least 3 liters fluid per day - this may enhance uric acid excretion - and if you incline your diet successfully to mostly whole grain, fruit, and veggies, using egg white for protein, then your uric acid levels will come down even more

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A 29-year-old female asked about a 36-year-old male:

Wat food to eat when you have gout?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Rheumatology 53 years experience
Diet not important: Diet has little effect no matter what others may say. If you control your uric acid level with Allopurinol then the risk of gout is minimal. Watch alcohol intake.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
Usually avoid organ meat, liver , et a I follow that plan & take my 200 mg of allopurinol and actually eat whatever I want. Has worked 20yr
May 12, 2013
A 36-year-old member asked:

What food I should not eat when I have gout?

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
A Verified Doctoranswered
45 years experience
Gout and diet: Principally meats and most importantly, avoid organ meats; fatty meats and alcohol are doubly potent against gout. Avoid these. Also, if you are able, drink at least 3 liters fluid per day - this may enhance uric acid excretion - and if you incline your diet successfully to mostly whole grain, fruit, and veggies, using egg white for protein, then your uric acid levels will come down even more.

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