A statistical analysis of a large sample of men, including over 700 gout patients.
Although you should be wary of applying general statisitical information to your specific health problems, this study does reveal a common link between excess weight and an increased risk of gout.
If your weight is high, then you should consider slow weight loss as a method for lowering uric acid. For more details of how to manage obesity and gout, see my Gout Diet Section, especially gout foods to avoid which explains excess calories and gout.
- Obesity, Weight Change, Hypertension, Diuretic Use, and Risk of Gout in Men – The Health Professionals Follow-up Study.
- Hyon K. Choi, MD, DrPH; Karen Atkinson, MD, MPH; Elizabeth W. Karlson, MD; Gary Curhan, MD, ScD.
- Arch Intern Med. 2005;165:742-748.