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I have extracted the main ideas from the published gout investigation to present these in a more readable format suitable for unqualified gout sufferers. Inevitably, such scientific reporting will still include technical references. I will refer to my gout glossary for more explanation. If you encounter a term you do not understand, you should search for it using the search box above. If that does not provide an adequate explanation, then please ask in the gout forums.

Coffee And Gout Report Abstract

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Coffee Consumption and Risk of Incident Gout in Men
Choi HK, Willett W, Curhan G.
Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Jun;56(6):2049-55.


Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world and may affect the risk of gout via various mechanisms. We prospectively evaluated the relationship between coffee intake and the risk of incident gout in a large cohort of men.


Over a 12-year period, we studied 45,869 men with no history of gout at baseline. Intake of coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea, and total caffeine was assessed every 4 years through validated questionnaires. We used a supplementary questionnaire to ascertain whether participants met the American College of Rheumatology survey criteria for gout.


We documented 757 confirmed incident cases of gout. Increasing coffee intake was associated with a decreasing risk of gout. The relative risks for gout were compared in multiple coffee consumption categories:

Cups per day 0 0-1 1-3 4-5 6 or more
Coffee 1.00 0.97 0.92 0.60 0.41
Decaffeinated coffee 1.00 0.83 0.67 0.73 (4 or more)

Total caffeine from all sources and tea intake were not associated with the risk of gout.


These prospective data suggest that long-term coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of incident gout.

Coffee And Gout Report


The report starts with explanation of the prevalence of gout[1-5], and the suggestion that coffee may be associated with uric acid in the blood[6], and insulin resistance[7-14]. Given the prevalence of coffee consumption, around 2 cups per day on average for American citizens[14-15], this is an important issue.

The report includes several references to possible reasons why coffee may be associated with gout[16-29]. It highlights other studies that report associations between coffee and gout[6][30].

Study Design

The study uses data from a health professionals survey giving over forty-five thousand respondents who did not have gout at the start of the process. Various aspects of diet were monitored[31-34], and participants reporting incidences of gout[35] were extracted.

The report describes details of statistical analysis techniques used, referring to several studies, including two statistical dietary analyses[36-37].


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The full report includes more details about results and data obtained, but the key figures are summarized neatly in the chart, which uses the same data as shown in the abstract above.


The report closes with a review of related studies[38-56],and concludes:

Our study was observational; thus, we cannot rule out the possibility that unmeasured factors might contribute to the observed associations. Overall, however, our findings provide prospective evidence that long-term coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of gout.

Coffee And Gout: Next Steps

You can now see that coffee consumption seems to be good for gout. What we really need is actual case studies on gout patients with accurate comparisons on different fluids. One glaring omission from this report is any comparison with plain water. The other possibility is the effect of milk, which is often taken in coffee – search for milk in the box near the top of the page if you have not yet discovered the uric acid lowering potential in dairy proteins.

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