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Following a gout diet can help you limit your body's uric acid production and increase its elimination. It's not likely to lower the uric acid concentration in your blood enough to treat your gout without medication, but it may help decrease the number of attacks and limit their severity.

Following the gout diet and limiting your calories — particularly if you also add in moderate daily exercise, such as brisk walking — can also improve your overall health by helping you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Risks

The gout diet isn't that different from the healthy-eating patterns recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Thus, the risks of following the diet are few, if any.

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