So the end of the year and the holidays have come and gone. Some folks have more to remember than great presents and bad hangovers.  Those of you with gout know what I am talking about. A gout attack rivals perhaps only kidney stones and childbirth for its lasting memories of the excruciating pain that accompanies a precipitation of uric acid into your (usually) big toe joint.

Over the next few weeks I will be breaking down gout into 3 categories as to what it is, how to treat it and how to prevent it. I will not bore you with the path physiology or the gory details. I will be brief so that you or your loved one that may have the affliction, will know what it is, how to treat it and (hopefully) how to prevent it.

Today I will start with the one thing most of us have heard about gout and that is the foods that cause it.

I will mention the basic food types and not bother you with most of the “whys” as to why it causes the pain that it does. Just know when you hear the word “purines” you are to avoid these foods as they can be a trigger for gout attack.

These foods are listed in no particular order, so please avoid them all…

  1. Shellfish
  2. Organ meats (liver and the like)
  3. Large amounts of beef
  4. Alcohol
  5. Oily fish (sardines and the like)
  6. Fatty foods  (fried foods and rich sauces)
  7. Fruit juices that are high in fructose (sugar)
  8. Caffeine

Avoiding these foods (especially in large amounts) is not only the healthy thing to do, it is one of the best ways to keep gout from attacking when you least expect it.

Robert Kosofsky, D.P.M.
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Dr. Robert Kosofsky has over 25 years of experience treating patients in our Hillsborough & Piscataway offices