What dietary restrictions are advisable for gout?

Updated: Jan 26, 2021
  • Author: Bruce M Rothschild, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Patients with severe hyperuricemia should avoid foods with high purine content. Moderation in food and alcohol consumption is advised. Early recognition of acute gout attacks is critical, in that intervention with medication is much more effective earlier in the attack.

A review of English-language patient education resources on the Internet found that the images on those sites underrepresent key concepts about gout and its treatment. Krasnoryadtseva et al concluded that, “A large proportion of the images do not convey useful information about gout or its management.” [78]

For patient education information, see Gout and Gout and Diet. Online information and pamphlets on gout are also available from the Arthritis Foundation.

What is gout? Gout is an inflammatory disease where uric acid precipitates into crystals that deposit in various joints around the body, causing pain and inflammation. This video describes the pathophysiology, causes, symptoms, and treatment of gout.

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