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Being overweight and consuming soft drinks can increase your risk of Gout

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According to a new study, overweight people need to avoid sugary drinks in order to minimize their risk of gout. Gout occurs in people who have higher-than-normal levels of urate in the bloodstream, leading to the formation of sodium urate crystals in and around joint tissues, causing pain and disability.

Recently, a new research study by New Zealand’s University of Auckland and University of Otago aimed to determine whether the association between sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) intake, urate levels in the blood and gout risk are affected by the person’s body mass index (BMI). Till then, sugary drinks and high BMI had both been independently associated with elevated serum urate concentrations and gout risk.

Details of the Study

During the study, data from 12,870 patients was analysed in a large cross-sectional population and the results were published in the medical journal ‘Arthritis Research & Therapy’. The results showed that chronic SSB intake was associated with increased serum urate in the high BMI group, but not in the low BMI group.

A separate analysis of 2,578 gout patients also showed that chronic high SSB intake was associated with gout in the high BMI group, but not in those with lower BMIs. Additionally, it was also noted that fractional excretion rates for uric acid, examined over 180 minutes following a high fructose load, were impaired among patients with high BMI.

Results of the Study

These results helped researchers conclude that BMI influences serum urate and gout risk in response to chronic SSB intake, and renal tubular uric acid handling in response to an acute fructose load. Thus, they inferred that “in addition to many other health benefits, avoidance of SSBs may be particularly important in those with overweight/obesity to prevent hyperuricaemia and reduce gout risk.”

A spokesman for Arthritis Research UK, which funds research into gout, backed the study’s findings, saying: “Losing weight, if you need to, is the most effective dietary treatment for gout because it can greatly reduce your urate levels. You should lose weight gradually and combine a healthy diet with daily exercise. Extreme weight loss or starvation diets can raise urate levels by speeding up the breakdown of cells in the body.”

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