Eating Well to Prevent Gout

Gout is a complex form of arthritis that can affect anyone.

What is Gout?

Gout is characterized by pain and redness in the joints. Gout most commonly effects the base of the big toe (as shown in the picture). Men are more at risk than women, but once a woman goes through menopause their chances are raised. Affected joints are red, swollen and tender, just the weight of a sheet can be unbearable. Gout is caused by someone who has a higher than normal uric acid has build up of uric acid at a joint. But, gout is completely treatable and preventable.

Six Foods that Help Prevent Gout

How to Treat & Prevent Gout

Medications commonly prescribed to treat gout:


  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Colchicine
  • Corticosteroids



Medications to prevent gout:


  • Medications that block uric acid production
  • Medication that improves uric acid removal



Diet changes to help with the prevention of gout:


  • Eating lower amounts of fat.
  • Eating a moderate amount of lean meats.
  • Eating only low-fat and fat-free dairy products.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Eat only 4 to 6 ounces of fish, meat and poultry

A Gout Fighting Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 31/2 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 bananas (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (frozen)
  • 1/8 red apple (cored, peeled & chopped)
  • 1/8 cup Cherry juice
  • 1/8 cup orange juice