Too much orange juice can increase women’s risk of gout

Researchers warn that women drinking just two glasses of orange juice on a daily basis stand an increased risk developing gout.

Researchers from the University of Boston studied 80,000 women over a 22 year period, all of whom regularly completed questionnaires about their eating habits, lifestyles etc.

What the researchers found upon analysing these results was that the women who were drinking one glass of orange juice a day stood a 41 per cent increased risk of developing gout than those who did not and even more surprisingly those who drank two or more glasses faced an even higher risk.

Uric acid is a waste product present in the blood which often leaks out and into the joints, causing them to become swollen and painful, thus resulting in gout. Dy Hyon Choi, from the Boston University School of Medicine believes the reason for this to be because sugary and sweetened drinks can increase the serum uric acid levels in the body, thus increasing a women’s chances in developing gout.

As it stands gout effects around 1.5 per cent of people in the UK with it commonly proving more prevalent among men than women.

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