Non-drug options to prevent gout

More than three-quarters of cases of gout could be prevented by adhering to just four lifestyle factors, US researchers have estimated.

According to findings from a large cohort study published in JAMA Network Open, 77% of all incident cases of gout could be prevented by having a healthy weight, eating a DASH-style diet, not drinking alcohol and not taking diuretics.

Researchers analysed data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study which included detailed medical and lifestyle information on almost 45, 000 men, with an average age of 54 years at baseline who were then followed for 26 years. Over the course of the study, almost 4% experienced gout.

It comes as no surprise that lifestyle factors play a role as to ...

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