Gout triggers can differ from one patient to another. Once a patient identifies specific triggers, gout can be easier to manage. Common triggers include:
- Alcohol consumption, especially beer
- Purine-rich foods, especially red meat and shellfish
- High-fructose laden foods
- Crash diets, including high-protein fad diets
- Starting uric acid-lowering therapy without anti-inflammatory coverage
- Bed rest, often post-operative
- Surgery, trauma or sudden illness
- Radiation therapy
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The Gout Education Society believes that continuing education for medical professionals and their staff is crucial when it comes to keeping up with the latest in gout treatment, diagnosis and management.
In October 2012, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published its long anticipated “Guidelines for the Management of Gout.” In September 2015, ACR expanded on the existing guidelines and released new classification criteria about gout.
With gout on the rise, it is essential that all patients, especially those touched by gout, are knowledgeable about this serious disease. You can always learn more from your doctor during regular visits. Take a stand on gout!