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New Year parties and celebrations make this the toughest time of the year to keep a check on your gout-friendly diet! Apart from the basics like avoiding organ meat and limiting purine-rich foods such as shellfish and red meat, here are a few precautions that you need to take to make sure the holiday merry-making doesn’t turn into a painful gout attack!

Stay away from alcohol:

Drinking and partying may be two sides of the coin, but if you are newly diagnosed or starting new medications to control gout, alcohol is a strict no as it can raise uric acid levels in your body and lead to gout attacks. If you must drink at all, go for red wine as beer and liquor are much more likely to trigger a flare-up than red wine.

Check for corn syrup in sweets:

High-fructose corn syrup raises uric acid levels in your body. When you shop, check closely for ingredients that include high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup and fructose. High-fructose corn syrup is in more items than you might think – from supermarket shelves to homemade delicacies. Limit your intake if you’re unsure of the ingredients. Avoid soft drinks too as these are usually full of high-fructose corn syrup.

Cut down on salt:

If you have gout, you don’t need any more sodium than what is already in cooked food. The salt itself may not be an issue, but loading up on sodium can lead to dehydration, and dehydration can increase uric acid in your body. Drink plenty of water, more than you normally would, at least eight 8-ounce glasses per day — to keep yourself thoroughly hydrated.

Stock up on medicines:

Imagine reaching for the medicine cabinet on New Year day and realizing that you are out of your prescribed medicine. As it’s the holiday season, your doctor may be hard to contact, and pharmacy hours will be limited. So stock up on medicines you may need — whether they are ongoing or “just in case” medications — before the holidays are in full swing. It’s better to have what you may need and not need it than to need it and not have it.

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