Sleep Apnea Linked to Gout

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have been found to have an increased risk of gout, according to research results published in an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology.  The researchers were led by E. Roddy, DM, and M. Blagojevic-Bucknall, PhD, at Keele University in the UK

An increased risk of gout was found for all OSA patients in the trials, but it was found to be the highest in patients 1-2 years after being diagnosed with OSA.  It was also greater in those who were not overweight or obese.

“People with sleep apnea are at an increased risk of gout in both the short and long term. Since this risk was highest in people with normal body mass index, doctors and other health professionals should consider the possibility of gout in patents with sleep apnea regardless of body mass index,” said E. Roddy, DM.

It has been traditionally thought that oxygen deficiency caused by OSA precipitates an over-supply of uric acid causing gout. OSA is treatable which can correct these low oxygen levels and therefore prevent or reduce gout.  But “…further research is needed to investigate the effect of treatment…,” says M. Blagojevic-Bucknall, PhD.

OSA is caused by an obstruction in the airway resulting in temporary pauses in breathing during sleep.  And OSA is easily diagnosed with a sleep test done in your own home.  Remember, snoring and OSA are treatable.  And they MUST be treated to prolong your life.  Make an appointment for a free consultation to discuss your questions and see the different treatment options that are available.  Call our office at 208-667-4551.