Tequila and gout is my review of how tequila affects gout. Especially compared to other alcoholic beverages.

So, later, I will describe a small study showing the effects of tequila on uric acid. But first, I describe what tequila is for gout sufferers who are not sure. Also, I explain the purpose of this article. But if you’re eager to get started, please skip down to Is Tequila Bad For Gout?

Tequila & Gout Intro

What is Tequila?

Tequila is an alcoholic drink, primarily distilled from blue agave, around the Mexican city that bears its name. It is listed in the USDA nutrition database under beverages, but not in the key foods list. Nutritionally, it is fairly unremarkable, and so despite its popularity, I will not be adding it to gout foods tables.

Tequila and Gout Purpose

The Purpose of GoutPal.com is to encourage you to discuss your gout concerns with qualified health professionals. Because you need to engage with your doctor to get effective gout recovery. But many gout sufferers struggle to start discussions with their doctor about food. So the Gout Foodies Plan gives you a framework for those discussions. But you might prefer to tweak your established healthy eating patterns for better uric acid control. In which case switch to a Gout Dieters Plan.

Tequila and Gout

There is very little research into tequila and none specifically about tequila and gout. However, one investigation of tequila is relevant, though it is more about increased risks of heart disease and diabetes. Read on to learn about this research. Or skip to gout and tequila-related links to read other relevant information.

Is Tequila Bad For Gout?

The short answer is no! But I really need to explain why that is the case. Also, you can see later that it is not wise to generalize. Because alcohol can have different effects on different gout sufferers. Depending on the state of your kidneys, the stage of your gout, and various other factors.

So, let me briefly describe a study showing the effects of tequila on uric acid[1]. Firstly, this is not a gout study, but it does contain some relevant data. The study only covers 8 people, and these were all healthy. Each man drank 30ml tequila for 30 days.

The results reveal that uric acid fell slightly from 6 mg/dL to 5.6. However, such a small change has no real significance. Especially as the participants were not gout sufferers.

Drink Tequila for Uric Acid
Would You Drink Tequila for Uric Acid?

Your Gout and Tequila

If you are concerned about gout and tequila, it is very easy to test yourself. Arrange for a blood test for uric acid with your doctor. Stop drinking tequila for 4 weeks, then get retested. Ideally, you should repeat this, alternating between periods of drinking tequila, and avoiding it. Or, you might compare tequila with effects of other alcoholic beverages on your uric acid levels. You can also do this at home if you have your own uric acid test kit. If self-testing, you can select your own test period, but it should never be less than two weeks. Because you need to give your body time to adjust to your changes.

Remember to maintain a similar diet during every test period. So that tequila intake is the only thing that changes. If you do this experiment, or if you have any other thoughts about tequila, please share in the gout support forum.

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Tequila and Gout References

  1. González-Ortiz, Manuel, Sara Pascoe-González, Angélica M. Kam-Ramos, and Esperanza Martínez-Abundis. “Effect of tequila on homocysteine, insulin secretion, insulin sensitivity, and metabolic profile in healthy men.” Journal of Diabetes and its Complications 19, no. 3 (2005): 155-159.

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