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Gout is a form of arthritis marked by sudden attacks of painful,
inflamed joints. If it is not controlled, gout can cause severe damage to
joints, tendons, and other tissues.
Gout is caused by too much
uric acid in the blood. This used to be treated with a strict diet, but now
there are medicines that can control it. These medicines have largely replaced
the need to restrict what you eat.
But making changes in your diet
may still help with your gout. If you want to try an eating plan for gout, this
information can help you learn more about how to eat in ways that may help you
keep your gout under control and still get the nutrition you need.
To help control your
several things you can do as part of an eating plan for gout.
Other Works Consulted
Gomez FE, Kaufer-Horwitz M (2012). Medical nutrition therapy for rheumatic disease. In LK Mahan et al., eds., Krause's Food and the Nutrition Care Process, 13th ed., pp. 901–922. St Louis: Saunders.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMary F. McNaughton Collins, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine
Current as ofApril 27, 2016
Current as of:
April 27, 2016
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Mary F. McNaughton Collins, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine
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