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Is White Wine Ok For Gout Sufferers?

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A vast number of studies have shown that moderate drinkers of both red and white wine do not face an increased risk of suffering from gout. Therefore white wine is ok for consumption by gout sufferers. However, the same does not stand for other types of alcohol. Some scientific studies have shown that consuming beer can greatly increase the probability of a person developing gout. Drinking spirits such as whisky and brandy was also found to up the chance of someone contracting gout. Generally, those at risk of developing gout should limit their alcohol intake, and those with gout should drink only red or white wine (preferably white, as some red wines contain a substance known as purine which can aggravate the condition in some cases).

Gout is a rheumatic disease that can be very painful; it causes acute attacks of arthritis in various joints of the body. It is seen mostly in middle-aged males. The majority of those with the condition found it first developing in their toe joints, which are most vulnerable to afflictions such as arthritis.

Gout is developed when high levels of uric acid are present in the blood. Uric acid is produced when proteins within the body are broken down into smaller molecules, and usually leaves the body as a waste product on urine. However, if there is too much uric acid being produced, the acid can form crystals which deposit around joints and tendons. This phenomenon can have a number of side effects:

• Acute joint pain
• Increased risk of severe arthritis attacks
• Inflammation around the joint area
• Stiffness

If you think you have been suffering from gout, you should limit your alcohol intake and consult your doctor immediately, who will give you a more accurate diagnosis.

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