Gout flare-ups linked to meat, seafood

May 31, 2012 1:58:14 PM PDT
A new study finds gout sufferers are five times more likely to have immediate flare-ups after eating foods rich in purines. Those foods include meat and seafood.

Anecdotal evidence has suggested that purine-rich foods can trigger gout attacks.

Animal sources of purines such as meat and seafood were associated with a higher risk than plant sources such as

beans, peas, lentils, spinach and asparagus. Other major dietary sources of purines include yeast and alcohol.

The study is published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Researchers conclude that avoiding animal sources of purines could reduce the risk of recurrent gout attacks.