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What is putting me at Risk for Gout?

In the medical field, there is always new information or research that will change the way you live. It can be difficult to keep up with all the medical news. There’s a new development to be worried about. It has to do with soda, one of America’s most popular drinks. Gout has been a problem for many years. A recent study has shown that soda and its ingredients are more harmful than hard liquor in terms of increasing your chances of developing this serious condition.

Gout Condition

Gout is a serious condition that can be fatal if it is not treated promptly. Gout is caused by the formation uric acid crystals that become lodged in the joints. Flare-ups can cause severe pain and sensitivity. Gout is more common in men than it is in women. However, the risk increases for them after menopause. Gout affects approximately 1 in 10 people over the age of 60.

Gout is thought to be triggered by both diet, and genetics. Some people may have high levels of uric acids or are unable to eliminate it. The patient may have a high intake of purines, such as red meat, organ meats, and shellfish, due to a poor diet.


Purines, which are natural substances found in all cells and in almost all foods, cause uric acid to form when they are broken down in the body. Gout is caused by too much uric acid being in the blood. Gout can also be caused by alcohol, which is common among purine-rich foods. Gout risk is increased by 15% by drinking hard liquor daily, and by 49% by drinking beer daily. A number of health issues can be linked to excessive alcohol consumption.

However, a Canadian study has revealed that gout-sweetened soft drinks are more common than we think. This groundbreaking study tracked 46,393 men over 12 years. 755 men developed gout during that period. The risk of developing gout was twice as high for those who drank more soda than those who drank less. The role of soda in uric acid formation was not known until now. High fructose corn syrup is the sweetener in almost all regular sodas and the key to the soda-gout link.


Researchers discovered that diet sodas that have no fructose and instead use calorie-free sugar substitutes do not increase gout risk. Like alcohol, fructose can also adversely affect the uric acid pathway. The gout risk from soda consumption is high. Your risk of developing gout increases by 35% for each daily soda consumed. Your risk of developing gout is increased by 85% if you consume two or more sodas each day.

You can see that fructose sweetened drinks are just as harmful to your health as alcohol. Medical research is used to confirm our theories and to uncover new information to prevent severe medical conditions. Replace soda with natural fruit juices, diet drinks, or good old-fashioned water if it is a staple of your diet. You now know the link between sweetened soft drinks, gout risk, and you can make the changes that will bring about optimal health.


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