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Does a high sugar diet cause gout?


Posted by Dee

 
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Not in the strictest sense.  Gout is caused from too much uric acid.  The human body manufacturers 2/3 of the uric acid in the body (some people more and some less) and consumes via food the remainder.  Alcohol, seafood, and (organ) meat tend to increase uric acid, specifically foods high in purines.  More recent studies have associated consumption of high-fructose corn syrup with an increased risk of raising uric acid and developing gout.  We always recommend drinking plenty of water (not sodas) to keep the uric acid crystals in solution and prevent them from getting deposited in the joint.  Aside from avoiding high-fructose corn syrup, a diet low in purines isn't that much fun (or necessarily healthy) to eat such that taking a uric acid lowering drug may be very helpful if someone suffers from repeated bouts of gout. 
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