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Women who drink sweet beverages rich in the sugar fructose have a higher risk of developing gout. This inflammatory condition leads to painful joints caused by uric acid crystals precipitating in soft tissue. Fructose raises uric acid levels, especially in people who have a history of gout. Because high fructose corn syrup is inexpensive, it is widely used to sweeten soft drinks and fruit juice. The Nurses Health Study provided data from almost 80,000 women for more than 20 years. Dietary analysis shows that women who have two or more servings of sweetened soft drinks or juice daily have double the risk of developing gout.

[JAMA, Nov. 24, 2010]

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  1. CAE

    I just noticed signs of gout starting in my big toes. I am a 40-year-old female and after suffering from IBS for years, I have just figured out that my IBS is due to fructose malabsorption. I have not been a soda drinker for years, but I ate plenty of high-fructose foods. It seems like this study could reveal an explanation as to why I now have the beginnings of gout. I just started the FODMAP diet and a diet low in purines in an effort to control these syndromes.

  2. anid

    Seeking information on gout, treatment, foods most helpful and those to avoid. The nurses health study relates to women; any significant studies on men? Read somewhere about a tea that helps reduce uric acid. Any information on this?
    Thank you.

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