New Guidelines for Gout Management
The American College of Rheumatology funded research to develop new guidelines in ways to prevent gout and suggestions for recommended treatments for long-term management of gout. These guidelines have just been published (Sept. 28, 2012; Arthritis Care & Research), emphasizing the importance of education for patients about a low fat diet, eating fewer processed foods, and drinking a lot of water. In addition, studies found that those individuals who developed a healthy lifestyle that included regular exercise and sleep hygiene were less likely to suffer from gout. Another important component is to discuss with patients treatment objectives compared to their expectations about outcomes.
For more information, Gout Management Is Focus of New Guidelines
For a CME activity on gout, visit New Biological Agents for the Management of Refractory Gout.
In your practice, do you discuss with patients ways to prevent gout?
In your experience, are a healthy diet and an active lifestyle important in the prevention and/or management of gout?
Would you be interested in a CME activity concerning these new guidelines?