Sugary Drinks Gout In Women

By: Kara Gilmour
Staff Writer
Published: Nov 10, 2021

Sugary Drinks Gout In Women - This is the first study linking sodas and sweetened fruit juices to risk.

Sugary drinks gout in women link. A new study finds that drinking orange juice, soda and other sugary beverages could increase gout in women. Gout is a painful form of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood.

For women in the study who drank two or more servings of these beverages per day, the risk of gout was more than double that for women who drank sugary sodas and juices less than once per month.

Because gout is relatively rare among women, the drinks probably contribute only moderately to a woman's chances of developing it. Still, this is the first study linking sodas and sweetened fruit juices to women's gout risk. Previous research found such a link for men.

The study will be published in the Nov. 24 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and was presented Wednesday at the American College of Rheumatology annual scientific meeting.

Gout occurs when levels of uric acid in the blood become too high, and uric acid crystallizes around the joints, leading to inflammation, swelling and pain. Foods than can increase the levels of uric acid in the blood include organ meats (such as kidneys and livers), asparagus and mushrooms, according to the Mayo Clinic. Fructose is also known to increase blood uric acid levels, the researchers said.

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