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10 Trigger Foods For Gout

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Gout is a painful condition that affects 1-2% of North Americans through their lives. While gout can eventually go away on its own, it may last for years. Gout attacks last for about a week in length, and the majority of sufferers experience multiple attacks per year.

Untreated gout can cause a risk for diabetes and heart disease. Chronic gout can also cause kidney stones. Gout is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the blood. It cristalizes in the joints, with the big toe being the location in half of the cases. This is called podagra.

The symptoms of a gout attack can be controlled through nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and other medication. The prevention of gout attacks lies in diet. There are a number of foods that can trigger a gout attack. Recent studies have found that many of the vegetables we believe cause gout attacks in fact can decrease the risk. These foods include beans, peas, and leafy greens.

Here are 10 common trigger foods for gout. Try and avoid these or have them in moderation to keep your gout at bay.

1. Fish

If you suffer from attacks of gout, you may want to stay away from foods high in purine. Moderate levels of purine in your diet may not affect gout, but high levels will. Fish with high levels of purine include herring, sardines, carp, cod, haddock, salmon, trout, tuna, and anchovies. Eating small amounts of these foods should not produce an acute attack, however a diet high in purine rich fish can.

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