Gout is a form of arthritis that is very painful. It occurs when the uric acid levels in the blood become too high and small crystals form around your joints. There are certain foods that trigger gout more than others. People with this type of arthritis should consider limiting animal products such as meat, dairy, fish, and poultry. It’s better to eat plant-based proteins and fats such as beans and legumes. Also, limit the amount of alcohol you drink, especially when you’re having an attack. The worst type of sweetener is high fructose corn syrup, so avoid that whenever possible. Eat more whole grains and complex carbohydrates, as refined carbohydrates break down into sugar in your body too easily. Dr. Parker strongly advises that his patients avoid lots of sugars, wheat, and dairy products in order to steer clear of metabolic syndrome- a condition that affects 27% of our population. Metabolic syndrome is a name for the categorization of several actions that can increase your risk for gout, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious conditions. Lastly, drink a lot of water throughout the day. Don’t guzzle it down, but make sure your body always has an adequate amount of water in it. Aim for 8-16 glasses a day.
For more information about gout call Dr. Robert Parker at (281) 497-2850 to make an appointment at Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston.