Helpful Hints for Preventing Gout
Posted March 30, 2012on:
Drink plenty of water.
Water is important for good health. Getting enough fluids (especially water) can help prevent uric acid buildup in your joints, which causes gout. The amount of water you need each day depends on several factors, including your overall health and activity level, and the climate where you live.
Limit alcohol consumption.
While getting enough fluids can help prevent gout, the condition is very common in people who drink too much alcohol. People who are prone to attacks of gout often are advised to avoid alcohol entirely.
Regular exercise not only promotes good overall health and reduces your risk for many diseases, but also helps to prevent gout. Talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise program and if painful joints are making physical activity difficult.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Good nutrition also plays an important role in gout prevention. However, if you’re trying to shed some pounds, do so sensibly. Losing weight too quickly increases the risk for uric acid kidney stones, which can cause severe pain in your back or side, blood in the urine, fever and chills, and burning during urination.
Avoid creamy sauces, rich gravies and high-fat foods.
Make healthy substitutions in your favorite sauce recipes. When possible, use low-fat broths, reduced-fat dairy products and egg whites instead of butter, cream and whole eggs. Limit foods that are high in fat, such as ice cream.
Eat purine-rich foods only in moderation.
Foods associated with an increased risk for gout include:
- Red meat
- Scallops, anchovies, sardines and herring
- Organ meats like liver, kidney and sweetbreads
- Dried beans and peas
- Mushrooms, spinach, asparagus and cauliflower
Reduce your consumption of these foods.
See your doctor regularly.
Men between the ages of 40 and 50 are at higher risk for gout. Your physician can identify the swelling, inflammation, stiffness and pain associated with the condition. Gout diagnosis may involve blood tests, urine tests, joint fluid tests and x-rays.