Gout and Alcohol: Tequila and Gout

Tequila and gout is topic #85 in the top gout searches series, Gout and You.

Tequila is an alcoholic drink, primarily distilled from blue agave, around the Mexican city that bears it’s 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 it’s popularity, I will not be adding it to gout foods tables.

Tequila is the first of several alcoholic drinks that I will cover in this series. Obviously, the main component is alcohol, but I won’t keep repeating information about alcohol in every topic. I will cover gout and alcohol later, but in the meantime I will explain a little more about tequila.

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.

Tequila and Uric Acid

Effect of tequila on homocysteine, insulin secretion, insulin sensitivity, and metabolic profile in healthy men 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. Such a small change has no real significance, especially as the participants were not gout sufferers.

If you are concerned about tequila and gout, 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. 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. You should try 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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