Association between gout and high intakes of fructose – consider reducing it

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Association between gout and high intakes of fructose

This meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies investigated the association of fructose consumption with incident gout and hyperuricemia.1

The reviewers found that fructose consumption was associated with an increased risk of developing gout in predominantly white health professionals.

More prospective studies are necessary to better understand the role of fructose and its food sources in the development of gout and hyperuricemia. 

A New Zealand study found similar results in European, Māori and Pacific people.2


  1. Jamnik J et al., Fructose intake and risk of gout and hyperuricemia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies. BMJ Open 2016.  Click here
  2. Batt C et al., Sugar-sweetened beverage consumption: a risk factor for prevalent gout with SLC2A9 genotype-specific effects on serum urate and risk of gout. Ann Rheum Dis 2014. Click here

    Gems are chosen by the Goodfellow director Dr Bruce Arroll to be either practice changing or practice maintaining. The information is educational and not clinical advice.

    As published in NZ Doctor 01/03/2017