Could gout—a painful form of inflammatory arthritis—play a role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease? In a large study in the United Kingdom, Mass General researchers found that patients who previously had gout had a 24% lower risk of #Alzheimers disease.
Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood, which can cause complications such as kidney stones and heart problems, but uric acid also has strong anti-oxidative properties, which can help to repair cell damage. More research is now needed to confirm that uric acid plays a role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease, and if so, to test its efficacy as a possible treatment. Dr. Hyon Choi, director of Clinical Epidemiology at Mass General, is lead author of the study.