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Sweet drinks blamed for gout

1st February 2008

A study has suggested sugary drinks may lie behind an increase in cases of the joint disease gout.

A report in the British Medical Journal has shown that cases in America have doubled over the last few decades and use of fructose may be to blame for the condition which leads to swollen joints caused when uric acid crystallises out of the blood into the joints. In the UK, about 1.5% of people suffer from a disease more associated with the Victorian era, though a rise has been noted in the last 30 years.

 

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