A depiction from 1799 of the great agony induced by gout by caricaturist James Gillray. Image: Alamy

Gout explained: why it is no longer a disease of the decadent West, its symptoms, and foods and drinks to avoid

  • Rising consumption around the world of alcohol, sugary drinks and energy-dense food, and lower physical activity, has led to gout’s spread to places like China
  • Eating foods high in purines such as anchovies, trout, turkey, veal and liver can trigger gout, which mostly affects toes and causes intense pain and swelling
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A depiction from 1799 of the great agony induced by gout by caricaturist James Gillray. Image: Alamy
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