There are a number of measures that will help prevent gout from developing.

  • Change your diet.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Lose weight (if necessary) and maintain an appropriate weight.
  • Change Your Diet

    Gout pain is caused by glass-like crystals of uric acid that build up in your joints. Uric acid is a by-product of the breakdown of waste products called purines. To help reduce the chance of getting gout, limit foods and beverages that are high in purines. These include:

  • Organ meats, such as liver, kidney, and sweetbreads
  • Seafood and shellfish, such as lobster, crab, or sardines
  • Red meat, such as beef or lamb
  • Some vegetables, such as asparagus, cauliflower, and mushrooms
  • Gravies
  • In addition to avoiding foods high in purines, you should reduce your intake of high-fructose drinks. Examples include sugar-sweetened sodas and orange juice.

    Drink alcohol in moderation. That is two drinks a day for men and one or less a day for women.