Reducing Your Risk of Gout
- Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is linked to increased uric acid levels. Eat more vegetables, low- or non-fat dairy, and mono- and polyunsaturated fats.
- Exercise regularly—Moderate exercise helps with weight control and overall well-being. Talk to your doctor about which exercises will benefit you the most. Avoid intense exercises that strain muscles and joints.
- Drink alcohol in moderation—Excess alcohol consumption is associated with gout. Moderate alcohol intake means 2 drinks or less per day for men, and 1 drink or less per day for women. Choosing not to drink alcohol is also acceptable.
- Avoid foods that contain high amounts of purines. These include red meats, seafood, and foods high in salt.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2015 -
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