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Gout Prevention

There are no know ways of preventing Gout.

Total alcohol intake is strongly associated with an increased risk of gout (beer and liquor were particularly strong factors). The one thing you can do to for gout prevention is to limit your intake of alcohol. This is especially true if you have gout in your family.

But there are some things you can do the prevent an attack.
 
 

Gout Prevention and Foods

Certain foods that are high in purines can increase uric acid levels and thus bring on an acute attack of gout. These foods include red meats, shellfish, beer, red wine and salt. Some medications, such as diuretics (water pills) that are often used to control high blood pressure or reduce swelling, also may cause an acute attack of gout. Stress, infection, and trauma also are possible causes.

Drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day, eating an appropriate diet, and evaluating current medications will reduce the likelihood of an attack or lessen the severity should it occur. If you have a personal or family history of gout, regular examinations by a podiatric surgeon also will reduce the potential for an attack.

Gout Prevention and Alcohol.

Alcohol increases the production of uric acid and must be eliminated from the diet.

Alcohol is known to have diuretic effects which can contribute to dehydration and precipitate acute gout attacks. Alcohol can also affect uric acid metabolism and cause hyperuricemia. It causes gout by impeding (slowing down) the excretion of uric acid from the kidneys as well as by causing dehydration, which precipitates the crystals in the joints.

 

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