The consumption of drinks that are high in fructose, such as fizzy drinks and orange juice, appears to be associated with an increased risk of gout in women. A study has recently shown that, when consumed in large quantities, fructose increases the level of uric acid in the blood and, consequently, the risk of developing this condition.
After analysing data collected over 22 years from approximately 80,000 women, researchers at the University of Boston in the United States diagnosed 778 new cases of gout.
The growing consumption of drinks high in fructose appears to increase this risk. Consuming one fizzy drink a day increases the risk by 74%, and two fizzy drinks per day doubles this risk.
Fructose is a natural sugar found abundantly in fruit and honey. Scientists do, however, want to reassure the public by pointing out that the incidence of gout among women is very low: less than 6% after the age of 65. All the same, it is important to reduce fructose consumption. This applies to both men and women because, in many cases, the over-consumption of fizzy drinks is partly responsible for diabetes and/or obesity.