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Study shows gout is a night owl

Close up of an owlA recent journal published in Arthritis & Rheumatology by the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School shows that acute gout attacks occur two times more often during the night and early morning than during the day. The increased risk was seen even among patients with low purine intake in the 24 hours prior to an attack. Purines are specific chemical compounds found in some foods and are broken down into uric acids. A diet rich in purines from certain sources of food can raise uric acid levels in the body, sometimes leading to the onset of gout.

In an interview with HealthDay, study author Dr. Hyon Choi said: “It is speculated that lower body temperature, nighttime dehydration, or a nocturnal dip of cortisol levels may contribute to the risk of gout attacks at night. Despite the possibility of a nighttime link to gout, no study prior to our current investigation has looked at the association between gout attack risk and the time of day.” Continue reading

All types of alcohol can increase the risk of gout flare-ups

White wine being pouredA recent study suggests that all types of alcohol, not just beer or hard liquor, can increase the risk of gout flare-ups. Led by Dr. Tuhina Neogi of the Boston University, the study examined survey responses from 724 adults with gout from across the United States between 2003 and 2012. Of the 724 participants, 78 percent of them were men and 22 percent were women.

Does your drinking habit worsen or cause gout flare-up for you? If yes, how did you manage the pain? Continue reading

Gout and Diet

Learn how your diet and lifestyle can help you avoid gout. Dr. Hyon Choi, a leading world expert in gout at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, will take you through healthy eating guidelines to prevent or manage gout.

Dr. Choi explains:

“Eating healthy food, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight can help people manage their arthritis, minimize painful attacks, and decrease the risk of developing other complications.”