Gout is one of the most common forms of arthritis that is characterized by excruciating joint pain. Here are 10 foods that must be avoided when you have gout.
One of the most painful forms of arthritis, gout is usually characterized by sudden excruciating attacks of pain, tenderness, and redness in the joints. Most often the joint that is affected is the one at the base of your big toe. Even though men are more likely to be diagnosed with this disease, women are at an increased risk after menopause. If you drink too much alcohol, are overweight, and consume meat and fish every day, you have greater chances of getting gout. If left untreated, you will suffer from the gout attacks over and over. These attacks are harmful for your tendons, joints, and other tissues if they last for a long period of time.
An unexpected nighttime attack of tenderness, redness, and swelling in your big toe is the most common sign that you have gout. The big toe is not the only joint to be affected; sometimes, you can also suffer from gout attacks in your ankles, knees, feet, and other joints. It may take a few days or weeks for the pain to subside; you may not experience another gout attack for months or even years. But it is still advised to visit the doctor because the next attack may be even worse.
The main reason for gout is excessive levels of uric acid in the body. Most of the time high levels of this acid are not harmful at all. Many people with high levels of uric acid in the blood never develop this form of arthritis throughout their lives. However, there is high probability that the uric acid in the blood may form needle-sharp crystals in joints when the body’s threshold level is crossed. The formation of these urate crystals is what causes the tenderness, swelling, and extreme pain during a gout attack.
The treatment plan for gout involves several medications like NSAIDs, corticosteroids, and colchicine, as well as certain lifestyle changes. The medications that you use will depend upon your overall health and preferences. There are also various natural remedies that you can use to reduce the pain of gout as well as to prevent further attacks. If you are looking to curb the production of uric acid in your body, there are certain purine-rich foods that you must avoid. This is because when purines are broken down in the body, one of the byproducts is uric acid. Here are the 10 foods that you ought to cut out of your diet if you have been diagnosed with gout.
There are so many varieties of fish available in the market today that it is quite difficult to note down the amount of purines in each of them. If you are suffering from gout, you must definitely stay away from herring, anchovies, and perch because they contain the highest amount of purines. Even though the other fish contain lower levels than the ones mentioned above, the purine levels in them are still higher than other average foods. Unless your doctor has specifically said that you can have a particular fish, do not include it in your diet. Every 100 grams of fish has anywhere between 110 to 345 milligrams of purines depending upon the variety.
It is true that organ meats are a great source of minerals and vitamins like potassium, magnesium, and iron. However, they are not worth the risk because they contain some of the highest levels of purines across the board. These organ meats include hearts, livers, spleens, and other organ meats from different animals and must be avoided if you have gout. There are 444 to 773 milligrams of purines in every 100-gram serving of organ meats.
One of the hardest food to keep off your plate when you have gout is chicken because of its prevalence. If you are trying to control the amount of purines you intake, give a strong consideration to whether you want to include the most consumed meat of the country in your diet. Chicken may not have as many purines as fish but it definitely has more than beef. Every 100-gram serving of chicken has 175 milligrams of purines.
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