If you're a heavy soda drinker and have pain in your joints, there may be a connection.
Women who drink beverages rich in fructose on a regular basis could be putting themselves at risk for gout, a painful form of arthritis.
A new study, scheduled to be published in the November 24 edition of the Journal of American Medical Association, says that women who drink even one non-diet soda a day are much more likely to develop gout than their non-soda drinking counterparts. Researchers believe the reason is because the formation of gout has some connection to uric acid. Uric acid levels are raised by fructose-rich beverages; sodas are the study's biggest concern, but they say even orange juice can increase uric acid levels and increase the risk of gout.
The study followed 78,906 women over a 22 year time span. At the beginning of the study, none of the women had any history with gout. Researchers found that when compared with women who drink one soda a month or less, women who consume one soda a day had a 74 percent increased risk of gout. For women who drink two or more sodas a day, they were two and a half times more likely to develop gout.
Orange juice had a slightly lower risk: researchers found that women who drink one orange juice a day have a 41 percent higher risk of gout, while there was a 2.4 higher risk for women who drink two or more servings of orange juice a day.
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