Monday, February 04, 2008

Soft drinks related to gout, Vancouver research shows

From the Vancouver Sun:
Men who drink sodas and other sugary soft drinks are more likely to develop a painful joint condition called gout, according to a new long-term study conducted by a Vancouver-based researcher.

The 12-year study of more than 46,000 dentists, pharmacists and veterinarians in the United States and Canada found that as men increased their pop intake, their odds of getting the painful swelling condition spiked.

Choi's research found that men who drank less than one serving per month of sugary soft drinks were least likely to develop gout - a condition which occurs when excess uric acid builds up in the blood, causing crystals to form around the joints, inflicting extreme pain and swelling. ...more

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