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Health Tip: Help Ward Off Gout
Diet and weight are key factors

By Diana Kohnle

(HealthDay News) -- When your body builds up unhealthy levels of uric acid -- a natural byproduct of your body's cells -- it may lead to a type of arthritis called gout.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says there are things you can do to reduce your risk of a gout attack:

  • Take all medications recommended by your doctor.
  • Discuss with your doctor the risks of taking aspirin, which may interfere with your medications.
  • Take steps to lose excess weight.
  • Make sure any health conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, are under control.
  • Eat foods that are low in salt and fat.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.
  • Don't eat foods that have a lot of purines, which break down into uric acid. Examples include organ meats such as kidneys and liver; and anchovies, sardines, herring, mackerel and scallops.

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