While the study didn’t include people with gout, Watson said, “it is unlikely that the cause of high levels of serum urate in the study population is substantially different to those in gout.” There is evidence that alcohol and purine-rich foods can trigger gout flares in some people, she added, but the current study did not address this issue and there is little research on how changing diet might affect flares.
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“The study by Major and colleagues does not provide any evidence to support a change to current guidelines which advise that patients with gout should modify their diet if they consume higher risk foods (alcoholic drinks, meat, seafood, sugar- sweetened soft drinks) excessively,” she said.
- Watson L, Roddy E. The role of diet in serum urate concentration. BMJ. 2018 Oct 10;363:k4140.