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Coffee Itself, Not Caffeine, Reduces Risk of Gout

Coffee Itself, Not Caffeine, Reduces Risk of Gout

BOSTON, May 25 -- At relatively high daily doses, coffee -- whether regular or decaf -- may protect against gout, researchers here found.

In a large observational study, regular consumption of six or more cups a day was associated with 0.43 mg/dl lower serum uric acid levels compared with no coffee intake at all, said Hyon K. Choi, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Gary Curhan, M.D., Sc.D., both of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

While Americans average only two cups a day, the fact that coffee is readily available everywhere may make the findings important to public health, they wrote in the June issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

"This level of population mean difference of serum uric acid levels can be translated into a clinically relevant difference in the risk for incident gout," they said.

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