Purine foods gout low-purine diets

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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The cornerstone of gout treatment in most patients is diet.

A long-term commitment to diet change as well as a commitment to daily medication therapy is mandatory for successful treatment.

Foods that should be avoided and perhaps eliminated are those foods that have high purine content.

Foods that fall into this category include:

• Visceral meats (sweetbreads). This includes kidney,

liver, and other organ meats.
• Shellfish
• Sardines
• Turkey
• Trout
• Salmon
• Beans
• Peas
• Asparagus
• Spinach

The vegetables mentioned above are less of an issue than meat products. While they are relatively high in purines, they are less of an offender in inducing gout than are meat.

Alcohol also needs to be avoided. Alcohol reduces the ability of the kidney to get rid of uric acid. Hard liquor and beer are the most important kinds of alcohol to avoid.

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