Gout

Everything you need to know about gout, from treatments, to symptoms, what to eat, what not to eat, and how to manage flares.

Eat This, Not That, If You Are Living With Gout

Living with gout? Here are some foods you can substitute for your old favorites. And, don’t worry, you can still enjoy a good drink and some sweets.

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How to Catch Some Z's When Living With Gout

Studies show that people with gout have more flares in the nighttime than during the day — making it nearly impossible to sleep. So how do you push through the flare to get some Z’s?

By Martin Reed

Older Adults With Gout Have Higher Rates of Dementia

Seniors with gout, a painful condition caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, have a 17 to 20 percent higher-than-normal risk for dementia, according to a recent study.

By Diane Domina

How Much Do You Know About Gout And Exercise?

Before your next gym date, swim session, or neighborhood walk, here’s what you need to know about your gout (hyperuricemia) and exercise. Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood. Our update is from gout expert James O’Dell, M.D., vice ...

By Stephanie Stephens

What Do Your Feet Say About Your Health?

Believe it or not, your feet are a good barometer of your overall health. What do yours tell you about your health?

By Eileen Bailey

Weighing In: What is a low purine diet?

Find out what should be on your plate to lower your uric acid levels and prevent painful kidney stones and gout.

By Heather Reese

Living With Gout? Eat Less of These Foods

You probably know alcohol aggravates gout. But did you know lentils, certain shellfish, and sugar can also push your uric acid levels too high?

By Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Not Just Big Toes: Where Else Gout Can Flare

Painful gout flares can cause pain and complications elsewhere in your body. Learn how to recognize the symptoms.

By Malaika Hill

Got Gout? Find Out if You’re Eating Smart

An overabundance of uric acid causes those achy joints. Here’s what to eat to keep your levels in check and help avoid painful flares.

By Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

How to Manage Gout in a Workplace Full of Triggers

DC Restaurateur John Fielding shares how he works around the rich foods that can cause his gout to flare.

By Pamela Kaufman

The Truth About TENS Devices for Joint Pain

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) devices promise relief from joint pain. Here’s what to know before you buy.

By Tim Gower

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Meet the Experts

Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Health Professional

Carmen is a Registered Dietitian specializing in diabetes, cardiovascular health, GI disorders, food allergies, and weight management.

Malaika Hill

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Stephanie Stephens

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Stephanie Stephens is a digital journalist, audio/video producer and host, specializing in health and celebrities.

Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Health Professional

Carmen is a Registered Dietitian specializing in diabetes, cardiovascular health, GI disorders, food allergies, and weight management.

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Follow These Diet Recommendations to Reduce Gout Risk

Certain foods have long been recognized as contributing factors for gout—a painful condition caused by the buildup of uric acid in the joints. For example, eating foods that contain purine, such as poultry, liver, dried beans, and certain meats, incr...

Older Adults With Gout Have Higher Rates of Dementia

Seniors with gout, a painful condition caused by the buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints, have a 17 to 20 percent higher-than-normal risk for dementia, according to a recent study.

DASH Diet May Help Relieve Gout

New research shows that the same diet that helps reduce blood pressure can help ease gout symptoms, too.