Two liters of water reduce the risk of painful gout attacks

Two liters of water reduce the risk of painful gout attacks / Health News
Painful gout attacks: Drinking a lot reduces the risk
According to health experts, gout is one of the most common diet-related diseases in Germany. At irregular intervals affected suffer again and again very painful gout attacks. Experts recommend drinking a lot, preferably water.

Gout is one of the most common diet-related diseases
According to the German Society for Nutrition (DGE), gout is one of the "most common diet-related diseases" in adults. About ten to 30 percent of men and up to six percent of women would have elevated levels of uric acid in their blood and about 10 percent of them would suffer gout during their lifetime.

Gout is one of the most common diet-related diseases. Sufficient fluid intake may reduce the risk of gout attacks. Affected persons should drink at least two liters of water daily. (Image: puhhha /

Patients are advised to change their diet
Since food and drinks have a direct influence on the formation of uric acid, those affected will usually come to a dietary change. For example, meat, fish and alcohol should be better avoided.

Drink at least two liters daily
Quite essential is also a sufficient fluid intake. Who tends to gout attacks, should drink at least two liters a day. Because dehydration, a so-called dehydration, can be a trigger for gout, explains the Association of German Rheumatologists (BDRh) on the website "Rheumatologists in the network".

Better refrain from beer
In an acute gout disease, it should even be three liters per day, if no other diseases such as heart failure, speak against it. "In addition to water and juice spritzers, herbal and fruit teas are suitable. On the other hand, all alcoholic drinks are absolutely to be avoided, as alcohol additionally inhibits the excretion of uric acid ", explains Dr. med. Zinke, board member of BDRh. Especially beer should be avoided, as it also contains many purines. "And also the non-alcoholic beer", Dr. prong.

Congenital metabolic disease
In the metabolic disease, which is often innate, uric acid accumulates in the blood. The uric acid crystals, which are deposited in the joints, can eventually trigger a painful attack of gout, usually affecting the metatarsophalangeal joint. If gout remains untreated, it always comes back to such attacks. In the long term, this can lead to increased joint destruction and prolonged joint pain.

Reduce risk of gout attack
"For the treatment of gout, we have first and foremost effective medicines available to suppress the formation of uric acid or inflammation," explains Dr. med. Prong. But also a sufficient fluid intake helps to dilute the amount of uric acid in the blood and thus to reduce the risk of gout attack. (Ad)