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Alcohol Consumption Increases Risk of Developing Gout

Does drinking alcohol increase the risk of developing gout?

This question has existed for centuries. Suspicions have been discussed as to the link between alcohol consumption and gout attacks. Because gout attacks have increased in the past decades, it's believed to be the result of diet in a society where sedentary lifestyles and beer consumption have soared. Speculation gives warrant to the correlation, but recent studies confirm the cause of effect between alcohol and gout.

Where's the scientific proof that alcohol increases the risk of developing gout?

Massachusetts General Hospital conducted and published a recent study that confirmed alcohol elevates uric acid levels, the sole cause of gout. This study consisted of 47,000 men. The findings revealed that men who decadently drank alcohol, specifically beer, are in the high risk factor for developing gout.

The researchers determined that alcohol could very well affect both the uric acid removal and uric acid production in the body. This study continued for a 12-year period. Researchers documented increased alcohol levels in the body increase uric acid production. That's the bottom line. These findings were surprising to the researchers and the 700 men, out of the 47,000 men, who developed gout.

How much alcohol actually increases the risk of developing gout?

The study was broken down into the following categories: 1. Some men drank two or more alcohol (beer) servings daily. Their risk of developing gout increased 2.5 times of those who did not consume alcohol in any form. 2. Some men drank two or more alcohol (excluding beer) servings daily. Their risk of developing gout increased 1.6 times of those who did not consume alcohol in any form.

What kinds of alcohol increase the risk of developing gout?

The study showed results varied with different types of alcohol. The study suggested beer consumption, of all alcohols, displayed the most solid trigger for developing gout. Other types of alcohol also showed an increased risk of developing gout, but at a lower percentage. Wine consumption, when done in moderation, did not show a link with increased risk of developing gout. And the debate continues.

Researchers continue to be debated as to the alcohol and gout link because some believe it's possible that a nonalcoholic trigger is in beer and contributes to the risk of developing gout. Some concede beer is the only alcoholic drink that has purines in it. Purines are the chemicals that gout sufferers should stay away from because they increase the risk of developing gout or aggravate existing gout symptoms. Others remain unconvinced by the purines theory because it is not a conclusive finding.

Why are beer drinkers at higher risk to developing gout than people who drink other forms of alcohol?

Lifestyle plays an important role in the life of a gout sufferer. That's why the medical community considers lifestyle an appropriate answer for this question. The lifestyle of someone who drinks a lot of beer probably lives a sedentary lifestyle, a couch potato of sorts, and they usually complement their meal with a hot dog and fries. The lifestyle of someone who drinks a lot of wine may be more cognizant of health matters and complement their meal with fruits and vegetables.

Help is available

Your gout symptoms can be safely and effectively addressed with an all-natural dietary supplement designed specifically to held rid the body of excess uric acid.

What's the bottom line?

If you have ever experienced gout before, you probably don't want to repeat it. So, the advice of this writer is to abstain from alcohol, in any form, if you want to keep your gout pain a distant memory.

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