Sunday, May 29, 2011

Randy's foot and gout: Beer - bad; Wine - good


So a few years ago I came to the realization that a foot issue I had every now and then was actually Gout.

With some research online, I found a study with the following results:

Compared with non beer drinkers, those who drank two or more servings of beer per day suffered a 2.5 times greater risk of gout.

Compared with non liquor drinkers, those who drank two or more servings of liquor per day suffered a 1.6 times greater risk of gout.

Wine was not associated with an increased risk of gout compared with those who did not drink wine.

I liked drinking beer, so I quickly deduced - "ah-ha!" - that I have to avoid beer.  So I have for about three years.  No gout.

With the holiday weekend, I thought "well, maybe one beer in the middle of the day wouldn't hurt."

Aaaaaand I was wrong.  Enter my first episode of gout in three years.

UGH.

Lesson learned.  It's not very butch - and do I really care anyway - but I have to not have beer.  White wine = no gout.  No gout = happiness.

Remember folks, I used to be blond.  It takes me a little time to get it....

:(
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