Management of Gout with Low Purine Diet
Gout, like arthritis, is caused by an inflammatory condition causing uric acid levels in the blood to accumulate in the joints. Uric acid is produced by the breakdown of purine, found naturally in the body, but also in some foods. Although uric acid is usually eliminated in the body, when it's not, the result is gout. Since joints can be damaged by chronic, untreated gout, conjunctive treatment with medication and diet is recommended. This diet guideline is intended for use by healthcare professionals and most effective when recommended by the RDN. The handout is a convenient tool for patients. It is complete with diet guidelines, sample one day menu, list of foods to eat and avoid, a lesson plan for staff training.