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July 2001 Issue

Meds Offer Main Gout Relief, But Diet Plays Role

Q. Should I be following a special diet to help control my gout? A. Possibly. Anti-inflammatory medications and other gout drugs have largely replaced traditional dietary restrictions in the treatment of this type of arthritis. But limiting certain foods and avoiding alcohol is still recommended, especially during acute attacks. Once considered a disease mainly of the wealthy and overindulgent, gout can occur in anyone when the body produces too much uric acid—a breakdown product of metabolism—or can’t properly excrete it. Uric acid crystals

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