Gout and Diabetes
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
More than three million Americans suffer from gout and many more people throughout the world have the condition.
It’s more common in men, post-menopausal women, and people with kidney disease.
Learn more information about gout and how it affects people with diabetes.
Foods to Avoid when you have Gout
When you have gout, or are prone to getting it, you should avoid beer and other alcoholic beverages.
Avoid: anchovies, sardines, herring, mussels, tuna, codfish, scallops, trout, haddock, bacon, organ meats such as liver and kidney, tripe, sweetbreads, and wild games.
These foods are broken down into uric acid when digested, potentially causing a flare up, or worsening the inflammation.
The Gout and Uric Acid Education Society also recommend limiting table sugar, table salt and foods with high fructose corn syrup such as soft drinks and juices, processed and fast foods, cereals, and store bought baked goods. (2)
What is Gout?
Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis caused by an accumulation of uric acid crystals in joints.
It is more common in men over 45, but can happen earlier. (1)
The most common and prevalent symptom of gout is joint pain.
Gout usually affects the joint in the large toe, but can affect your ankles, knees, hands and wrists.
Other symptoms to be aware of include discomfort in joints and limited range of motion. (3)