Diet and Nutrition Q&A by Betty Kovacs
Foods that you eat, and don't eat, can impact your gout by increasing or decreasing your blood uric acid levels. You will also want to make adjustments to your diet if you have any of the conditions that are commonly found in people with gout, including, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and impaired glucose tolerance.
The primary dietary goal for gout is to limit your intake of foods with high amounts of purine in them. Ideally, you will have little or no foods that are high in purine and only small amounts of those with moderate amounts of purine.
Foods considered high in purine content include:
Foods considered moderate in purine content include:
Your other goals will be to:
It's still important to have a well-balanced diet. If you have any trouble doing so with these recommendations, I would recommend working with a dietitian to design a plan that fits your preferences and lifestyle. You can find one in your area by speaking with your physician.
Thank you for your question.
Last Editorial Review: 12/20/2006