Gout May Increase Ed Risk

Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by too much uric acid in the bloodstream, which leads to deposits of crystals in joints.

The big toe is most commonly affected, with symptoms of burning pain, stiffness, and swelling. Other joints, tendons, and tissues can be affected, primarily among men. Aside from causing the joint pain, research also shows that men with gout may be at greater risk for “erectile dysfunction” (ED).

When researchers identified cases of ED among those with and without gout, they found that men with gout were 15% more likely than those without the disease to have ED. When limiting gout cases to those receiving treatment for gout, the incidence of ED climbed to 31%.

P.S. Foods that promote higher levels of uric acid include steak, organ meats, seafood, alcoholic beverages (especially beer), and drinks sweetened with fructose