According to a study published online May 30, 2012 in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, gout patients who eat purine-rich foods can be 5-fold more likely to have gout attacks. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine asked 633 gout patients to record their symptoms, medications, and intake of purine-rich foods in the two-day period that preceded a gout attack. The risk of gout attacks rose with increasing total purine intake. The increased risk was lower for purine intake from plant sources compared to purine intake from animal sources.
Researchers concluded that avoiding or reducing the intake of purine-rich foods, especially purines of animal origin, may help lower the risk of recurrent gout attacks. It's important for gout patients to pay attention to their diet and to know which foods are high in purines.
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