FAQ - Foot Care and Lifestyle

How does my diet affect my gout?

Your diet and gout symptoms—or, hopefully, lack of symptoms—are closely tied. Gout is a type of arthritis that flares up when sharp uric acid crystals collect in joints. Uric acid crystals form when your body breaks down purines, which are proteins found in certain foods. The more you eat of those foods, the more uric acid has a chance to build up into a gout attack.

On the other hand, avoiding foods that commonly trigger a gout attack while eating a healthy diet can cut down your risk of a flare-up. Sharply limit how much meat you eat, particularly red meat, organ meat, and fatty fish. Instead, meet your protein needs with plant-based proteins, like beans and legumes. Choose low-fat dairy products and avoid alcohol altogether. Cut back on sweets, especially if they contain high-fructose corn syrup. Instead, eat more fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Drink plenty of water as well. If you do develop a gout attack, contact Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC right away to take care of it. You can reach our Metairie office by calling (504) 708-4810.

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