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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Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan has written for papers and magazines on almost every continent and on a huge variety of subjects, from travel in Africa to mental illness in the States to education in Europe. Her work has appeared in The Times in London, the Washington Post in America and regularly at the South China Morning Post.