is often considered
an 'old-fashioned' complaint suffered
by old men on a rich-food diet.
In reality gout is still very
much around and doesn't just affect
the old or the overweight. Gout
is an inflammatory arthritis caused
by high levels of uric acid which
forms painful crystals in joints
and tissues. It can help to reduce
the intake of purine-rich foods
such as shellfish, game, meats,
asparagus and spinach, but the
most beneficial thing to cut out
alcohol, especially beer.