Many at the village pump still believe that gout is caused by the excess consumption of Port and that the cure for gout lies in drinking less Port. However, a study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that the consumption of sweet cool drinks is a more likely cause.
The study revealed that men who drank two or more sweet cool drinks a day had an 85% higher risk of gout than those who drank less than one a month.
In North America, where the study was conducted, gout cases have doubled in recent decades. This increase parallels the growth of the use of fructose as a sweetener for cool drinks. Fructose is a very sweet ‘sugar’ found in fruit and honey.
In the past, gout remedies focused on a diet that was low in purines. Such a diet is still recommended. However nowadays there are a number of drugs including Puricos and Colchicine that provide a more effective, even though more radical, solution.
Puricos is a preventative that should NEVER be taken during or soon after a gout attack as this will worsen an already agonizing condition.
Colchicine can be prescribed in small doses as a preventative and, in larger doses, as a treatment. In the latter case it may lead to diarrhea – in which case it should be discontinued. Both of the above are prescription drugs and must be prescribed by a doctor.
Gout is rare in children and young adults. Men, particularly those between the ages of 40 and 50, are more vulnerable than women who seldom develop gout before menopause.
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