A latest British study shows that patients with gout have lower risk of Alzheimer disease. They are approximately 24 percent less likely to develop the disease.
Gout is an extremely painful joint ailment. It is generally known as disease of kings. It produces a large amount of uric acid that protects brain from Alzheimer.
Experts of The Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University Medical Center worked together for the study. They analyzed extensive data from The Health Improvement Network (THIN). They carefully examined 9,244 gout patients and followed them for a long time period of five years. Later on, they studied 238,805 healthy human as well. Every gout patient was compared with five without gout people.
The mean ages of members of two groups was 65 years and were studied on the basis of sex, BMI and age.
Researchers concluded there was 24 percent less chances of Alzheimer in gout patients. 1,944 Alzheimer cases were observed in 238,805 patients. In contrast, 309 Alzheimer cases were reported in 59,224 patients of gout.
Additionally, report says that similar results were noted in a sensitivity analysis in which 31,799 gout patients were included
The report is printed in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases online.