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What foods increase the risk of gout?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Women who drink fructose-rich beverages such as sugar-sweetened sodas and orange juice are at increased risk for gout, say researchers writing in the "Journal of the American Medical Association." Compared with women who consumed less than one serving of sugar-sweetened soda per month, those who consumed one serving per day were 1.74 times more likely to develop gout and those who consumed two or more servings per day had a 2.4 times higher risk.

In addition, compared with women who consumed less than a glass (6 ounces) of orange juice per month, those who consumed one serving per day were 1.41 times more likely to develop gout, and those who consumed two or more servings per day had a 2.4 times greater risk. The risk of gout in these women over 22 years was about 1%; drinking two or more servings of sugar-sweetened soda per day raised the risk to about 2.4%.

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