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How is obesity linked to gout?

Poor eating habits that lead to obesity often increase levels of uric acid in the blood. Higher levels of uric acid increase your risk of developing primary gout. Losing weight can help lower uric acid levels, reducing the frequency of attacks.

William L. Wilson, MD
Family Medicine

The link between obesity--especially central obesity, and gout is primarily through excessive fructose consumption, especially in the form of sucrose (sugar) and high fructose corn syrup. If you consume more than 25 grams of fructose a day, some of this fructose is converted to uric acid. Even if you don't develop gout, elevated uric acid irritates the lining of your blood vessels causing a condition called endothelial dysfunction, the first step leading to heart attacks and strokes. Uric acid also blocks the production of nitrous oxide, a gas that allows your blood vessels to relax. Thus high uric acid also contributes to high blood pressure. To learn more about the adverse effects of excessive fructose, I recommend that you read "The Sugar Fix" by Richard Johnson, MD. The bottom line--sugar and high fructose corn syrup are likely chronic toxins and you should do everything possible to eliminate them from your diet, especially if you are dealing with obesity.

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