What can be done to treat gout?
Gout symptoms flare when needle-like crystals of uric acid, a bodily waste product, are deposited in the joints and the soft tissues. But gout flareups can be avoided. In this video, Michael Roizen, MD, offers his tips to avoid gout.
Gout symptoms flare when needle-like crystals of uric acid, a bodily waste product, are deposited in your joints
and soft tissues. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Hi. I'm Dr. Roizen, here with some tips for you to tackle a painful condition. I'm talking about gout.
You know, it usually appears in the big toe. It's a form of arthritis. Gout symptoms flare when needle-like crystals
of uric acid, a bodily waste product, are deposited in your joints and soft tissues.
But these smart moves can help you reduce the severity of attacks or prevent them altogether.
Trade alcohol for water. Alcohol increases uric acid concentration. Water washes it out.
Purge the purines. Uric acid is a byproduct of purines, which occur in a wide variety of foods,
from organ meats such as liver to anchovies, scallops, game meats, asparagus, dried beans, peas, mushrooms, even
strawberries and blueberries. Skip the whole-fat dairy. Your dairy products should be low-fat anyway.
But one study found that men who ate lots of low-fat dairy foods slashed their risk of gout.
Even if you do all of this, you still need to work with your doc for meds to stem the pain and inflammation.
But smart lifestyle moves like these can help you reduce the need for drugs. [AUDIO LOGO]
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