HOW DOES ALCOHOL AFFECT GOUT?

Alcohol, generally speaking, isn't high in purines. However, alcohol is high acid and adds to uric acid problems in other critical ways.

• Alcohol impedes removal of uric acid in the body. Alcohol is metabolized into lactic acid in the body. The lactic acid then competes with uric acid in the kidneys for      elimination through urine; thus, greater levels of uric acid remain in the body.

• Alcohol contributes to uric acid levels in the body. Alcohol raises the amount of ATP that is converted into AMP-a good foundation for uric acid.
• Alcohol increases cellular degeneration within the body and the brain. As these cells die off they release purines, which is within every cell in our system.

Additionally, alcohol consumption directly affects and consumes the attention of the liver and kidneys, impeding even more uric acid excretion. Alcohol also dehydrates the blood, further producing excessive uric acid.

A recent study found that one alcoholic beverage per day was enough to significantly increase the risk of gout in that person. The risk grew as number of drinks consumed increased.

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