Fructose poses gout risks even in women

Soft drinks implicated as a potent source

By Janet Raloff, 13:04 PM November 10, 2010

Women don’t develop gout — an arthritic condition prone to excruciatingly painful flare-ups — at nearly the same rate as men. But as in men, its incidence has been creeping up in women, according to a new report. Also as in men, a second new report finds, fructose-sweetened beverages appear to pose a particularly potent gout risk for women.

Potentially aggravating this trend: New data indicate that sweetened soft drinks appear to be a richer source of fructose than had been assumed.

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