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Sunday, 6 March 2011

Drinking beer every day increases the risk of gout by 49%

This post includes a synopsis of a study published in the Lancet 2004 Apr 17;363(9417):1277-81 and a recipe for poached eggs.

Study title and authors:
Alcohol intake and risk of incident gout in men: a prospective study.
Choi HK, Atkinson K, Karlson EW, Willett W, Curhan G.
Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02114, USA.

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The study investigated the relationship between alcohol consumption and risk of  gout in 47,150 male participants with no history of gout over a 12 year period.
Alcohol and Man: The Effects of Alcohol on Man in Health and Disease (Addiction in America)Choi documented 730 confirmed cases of gout, and found the following:
(a) Compared with men who did not drink alcohol,  risk of gout was 32% higher for those with alcohol consumption of 10.0-14.9 g/day.
(b) Compared with men who did not drink alcohol, risk of gout was 49% higher for those with alcohol consumption of 15.0-29.9 g/day.
(c) Compared with men who did not drink alcohol, risk of gout was 96% higher for those with alcohol consumption of 30.0-49.9 g/day.
(d) Compared with men who did not drink alcohol, risk of gout was 153% higher for those with alcohol consumption of  more than or 50 g/day.
(e) Beer consumption showed the strongest independent association with the risk of gout with an increased 49% risk per 12-oz serving per day.
(f) Consumption of spirits was also significantly associated with gout with an increased 15% risk per drink or shot per day.
(g) Consumption of wine had only a slight, if any, risk of causing gout.

Choi concluded: "Alcohol intake is strongly associated with an increased risk of gout. This risk varies substantially according to type of alcoholic beverage: beer confers a larger risk than spirits, whereas moderate wine drinking does not increase the risk".

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Recipe of the day

Poached Eggs
                                                                                                                            Food Mall: Eggs
Organic Soy-free Omega 3 Eggs (4 dozen)Ingredients: 300 ml (2 pint) of water
pinch of salt
4 eggs

Put the water and salt in an egg poacher and bring to the boil.

Break the eggs into the poacher and simmer for three minutes until the eggs are set.

Remove the eggs when cooked.

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