Gout Attacks More Common at Night: Study

December 11, 2014 5:46 PM

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THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Acute gout attacks occur two times more often during the night and early morning than during the day, a new study finds.

"It is speculated that lower body temperature, nighttime dehydration, or a nocturnal dip of cortisol levels may contribute to the risk of gout attacks at night," study author Dr. Hyon Choi, of Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, said in a journal news release.

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