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Sleep Apnea Can Increase Your Risk for Gout

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  • Gout and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may be connected, with OSA increasing the risk of gout considerably
  • Nearly 5 percent of those with OSA developed gout during the study period compared to 2.6 percent of those without
  • A reduced oxygen supply during sleep, as occurs during apnea, may increase your body’s production of uric acid, elevated levels of which are linked to gout
  • Up to 50 percent of patients with sleep apnea may have hyperuricemia, or an excess of uric acid in the blood, predisposing them to gout attacks

By Dr. Mercola

An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, the most common type being obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which causes the airway to become blocked during sleep, leading to reduced or blocked airflow.


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