I have gout, Can you furnish me with a diet low in purines?

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I have gout. Can you furnish me with a diet low in purines? I cannot take the medication due to the blood thinner I am taking for a blood problem.

Gout is painful swelling in the feet. Medication is the treatment of choice for gout. I would suggest you get in touch with your doctor because there are some newer gout medications on the market that may not interfere with your other medications.

The uric acid level in the blood goes up in people with gout. Alcohol is not recommended for people with an elevated uric acid because it causes your body to lose water and may increase the uric acid levels in the blood. Also, foods high in purines break down in the body to uric acid. However, food sources of purines account for only about 50 percent of the uric acid produced within the body. The remaining uric acid breaks down from other sources within the body.

We used to prescribe a low purine diet, but the diet is not as frequently used. A low purine diet omits organ meats like liver, kidney, sweetbreads, brains, meat gravies and extracts, sardines, anchovies, herring, mackerel, scallops and most wild game. The following foods are allowed once per day: meat; fish; poultry; dried beans and peas; asparagus; mushrooms; cauliflower; spinach.