Gout May Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease

March 6, 2015 2:37 AM

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Gout doesn't come with the most positive connotation. The most common form of inflammatory arthritis, it's also linked to a higher risk of heart and kidney problems that can result in numerous other heart issues. Yet previous studies have suggested that it may also have a protective effect for the brain that's possibly connected to uric acid, the chemical that's found in a person's blood that can crystalize, leading to gout.

New findings published in the British Medical Journal suggest that gout may protect against Alzheimer's disease. In fact, previous studies have shown that the antioxidant properties of uric acid may protect against the development or progression of the most common form of dementia, as well as other ...

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