Dr. Carolyn Chambers Clark, Award-Winning Author and Wellness Nurse Practitioner


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What is Gout and What Can Be Done?


Various purine-rich foods and high protein intake have long been thought to be risk factors for gout. Similarly, the possibility that the consumption of dairy products has a role in protecting against gout has been raised by metabolic studies. A recent study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (March, 2004) investigated the association of these dietary factors with new cases of gout.


The study examined the relationship between purported dietary risk factors and new cases of gout for a twelve-year period among 47,150 men who had no history of gout at the beginning of the study. The researchers used a supplementary questionnaire to ascertain whether participants met the American College of Rheumatology survey criteria for gout. Diet was assessed every four years by means of a food-frequency questionnaire.


The researchers found that during the 12 years of the study, 730 confirmed new cases of gout were found. The highest risk for gout was among men who ate the most meat and seafood. In contrast, the incidence of gout decreased with increasing intake of dairy products (milk, cheese, eggs, cottage cheese).

The level of consumption of purine-rich vegetables and the total protein intake were not associated with an increased risk of gout.


The researchers concluded that higher levels of meat and seafood consumption are associated with an increased risk of gout, whereas a higher level of consumption of dairy products is associated with a decreased risk. Moderate intake of purine-rich vegetables or protein is not associated with an increased risk.

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