Drinking water lowers the risk of gout attacks

gout-footThat’s the finding by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine reported during the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting.

First, the details.

  • 535 adults with gout who had an attack in the past year were recruited over the Internet.
  • They were asked to provide access to medical records pertaining to their gout diagnosis.
  • Data were obtained on the amount of water consumed during the day before a gout attack and during periods when they were not having an attack.
  • The relationship between the amount of water consumed — recorded as zero to 1, 2 to 4, 5, to 8, and more than 8 glasses per day — and the risk of recurrent gout attacks were evaluated.

And, the results.

  • Those who drank 2 to 4 glasses of water a day tended to reduce their risk of gout attack by 18% — not significant compared with the lowest water consumption level.
  • Those who drank 5 to 8 glasses of water a day achieved a 43% reduction in gout attacks, and drinking more than 8 glasses of water a day achieved a 48% reduction in gout episodes — a significant difference vs the lowest water consumption.

The bottom line?
According to the authors, “Drinking adequate water may be a simple, safe, and effective way for individuals with gout to prevent recurrent gout attacks, and can easily be recommended to patients with gout by healthcare providers.”

10/25/09 22:57 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.