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Diet for gout: low-fat yogurt can help


Lifestyle and diet significantly influence the incidence of gout and uric acid levels. New research found that low-fat yogurt and milk reduce the risk for gout and are associated with low serum uric acid (SUA).

Gout is an inflammatory arthritis, associated with high serum uric acid (SUA). 8,4 per 10.000 persons/year in the US suffer from this disease. Underling disease, age and a high Body Mass Index increase the risk for gout. Many guidelines focus on the impact of diet on gout worldwide. New research examined how the risk of gout and SUA is associated with the consumption of vitamin C, alcohol, coffee, tea, milk and yogurt.

 Yogurt can keep your uric acid in check

 Researchers found an inverse association between daily milk consumption and SUA-levels, compared to no milk drinking. Prospective studies confirmed these findings and described a similar inverse association for low-fat yogurt and skimmed milk. Vitamin D contributes to this preventive effect of yogurt, suggesting that gout patients suffer from low levels of 1,25-(OH)2-vitamin D3. The 2012 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines encourage low-fat dairy products for gout patients and recommend limited alcohol use.

 Source: Towiwat, P. et al., The association of vitamin C, alcohol, coffee, tea, milk and yogurt with uric acid and gout, International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases 2015, Vol 18, pp. 495-501.

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