Men who consume large amounts of fizzy or sugary drinks are at higher risk of contracting gout than those who abstain, a new study has concluded. As well as sugar in drinks, the study found that natural fruit sugar, or fructose, posed a substantial risk for gout. That means people who drank orange or apple juice or even ate those fruit regularly were prone to the illness. Hyon K Choi and Gary Curham surveyed over 46, male medical professionals aged with no history of the illness over a period of 12 years, as part of a wider study into diet and general health. A total of reported incidents of the condition. The link between gout and sugary drinks and fructose remained even when accounting for age, alcohol consumption, body mass and high blood pressure. Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the bloodstream and can cause joint swelling, inflammation and acute pain in the extremities. Uric acid is produced by the kidneys and digestive system from purines, which normally occur in rich food, meat and beer. Women are less likely to suffer from the condition. Fructose is often used as a substitute for sugar, especially in high-fructose corn syrup, which is cheaper than cane sugar. It is a common ingredient in fizzy drinks.
Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis that can unleash intensely painful flares in individual joints, often in the big toe. An estimated 8 million Americans experience gout attacks, which can last for a few days. The condition can also become chronic and lead to the destruction of joints. Gout develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood; the uric acid can form needle-like crystals in soft tissues and joints. Uric acid is produced when the body breaks down chemicals called purines. Purines occur naturally in your body but are also found in certain foods and beverages. One way to minimize the risk of a gout flare is to cut back on high-purine foods. The DASH diet — a low-sodium diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables over red meats and processed foods — is recommended for people with gout. The Mediterranean diet — which emphasizes fruits, veggies, whole grains and healthy fats — may also help. Find more gout info here. There are also many things you can add to your diet to help avoid or manage gout. Drink plenty of water, milk and tart cherry juice.
Trying to prove a link between diet coke and gout either way is difficult. Company scientists say no, whilst other researchers say yes. And gout sufferers tell conflicting stories as well; some saying they stopped having gout attacks after changing to diet coke from classic coke, others saying that their gout only started after going on to diet coke. The problem is that there are many underlying reasons for raised uric acid levels leading to the urate crystal formation that causes gout. And, although it has been passed by various governing bodies worldwide, there is a huge debate going on about potential serious side effects such as epilepsy and brain tumours. Although nothing has been proved scientifically as yet as far as I am aware. And there are many other issues that are well known to help cause the high uric acid levels in your body that lead to gout. My brand new breakthrough guide “Gout Rescue” gets you relief from your gout in as little as 2 hours and prevents the recurring attacks experts have linked to some potentially fatal health conditions. Click here for the facts. John Cielo.