Diet could help gout

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

WESTERN diets can in­crease the risk of gout, a study sug­gests.

Peo­ple are more likely to get the painful con­di­tion if they in­dulge in red and pro­cessed meats, soft drinks, French fries, sugar and sweet treats, re­searchers found.

How­ever a diet rich in fruit, veg, nuts and whole­grains may pro­tect against it, re­search on more than 40,000 men re­vealed.

Sci­en­tists from Har­vard Med­i­cal School in the US be­lieve these types of food help lower lev­els of a chem­i­cal called uric acid, which causes the ill­ness.

They hope the find­ings could lead to a new treat­ment based on diet.

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