Sunday, September 8, 2013

Diet Can Reduce Gout Risk

To help prevent painful gout and keep your heart healthy,
eat like a Mediterranean native: Load up on fruits and veggies,
lean protein and olive oil, and limit sweets and red meat.
Elevated levels of uric acid (hyperuricemia) can lead to gout
and heart disease. And new research published online in April
in the Journals of Gerontology found that following a Mediterranean
diet for five years significantly lowered uric acid in elderly people
with hyperuricemia.
One possible explanation: The Mediterranean diet is packed with
nutrients that prevent inflammation, protect cells from damage and
prevent insulin resistance, all of which are associated with lower
levels of uric acid.
Arthritis Today Magazine, October 2013