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Sugary drinks will increase the risk of gout in men

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Sweetened soft drinks contain large amounts of fructose, a sugar derived from fruit, which increase levels of uric acid. A similar trend was noted with fructose consumption. Compared with subjects who consumed the lowest fructose levels, thotcmwell.com

Sweetened soft drinks contain large amounts of fructose, a sugar derived from fruit, which increase levels of uric acid. A similar trend was noted with fructose consumption. Compared with subjects who consumed the lowest fructose levels, tho...

Sweetened soft drinks contain large amounts of fructose, a sugar derived from fruit, which increase levels of uric acid.

A similar trend was noted with fructose consumption. Compared with subjects who consumed the lowest fructose levels, those who consumed the highest had an increased gout risk of 102 percent.

Consumption of high-fructose fruits, such as apples and oranges, was also associated with an increased risk of gout.

However, the strong increase in gout risk associated with sweetened soft drinks and fructose was "rather surprising," especially because current dietary recommendations for gout focus on the restriction of alcohol and the amino acid purine, but have no restrictions on sugar-sweetened soft drinks or fructose.

In light of these findings, Choi advises doctors to steer their gout patients and patients with high uric acid levels away from sugary soft drinks.

As for recommending reductions in high-sugar fruits, he said the risks versus the benefits need to be considered on a patient-by-patient basis.

Further research is needed to see if these findings also apply to women, Choi added, and to determine if fructose is associated with cardiovascular disease and other major disorders related to high uric acid levels.














Sugary drinks will increase the risk of gout in men


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