What dietary changes may be beneficial in the treatment of gout and pseudogout?

Updated: Jan 26, 2021
  • Author: Bruce M Rothschild, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Nonpharmacologic measures that may be warranted are as follows:

  • Avoidance or restricted consumption of high-purine foods

  • Avoidance of excess ingestion of alcoholic drinks, particularly beer

  • Avoidance of sodas and other beverages or foods sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup

  • Limited use of naturally sweet fruit juices, table sugar, and sweetened beverages and desserts, as well as table salt

  • Maintenance of a high level of hydration with water (≥8 glasses of liquids daily)

  • A low-cholesterol, low-fat diet, if such a diet is otherwise appropriate for the patient

  • Weight reduction in patients who are obese

See Treatment and Medication for more detail.


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