Gout is a painful disease, where uric acid is unable to metabolize correctly in joints until the buildup becomes too much, and triggers what some consider the most painful form of arthritis. It is also one of the few joint conditions that affects people both young and old, and it strikes at any moment only to last for several days, fade away, and come back again in the future.
Gout is often genetic. But it can also be triggered by food. Your diet has a direct effect on gout, both in the development of uric acid and in triggering the attacks.
Bariatric Surgery Decreases Future Gout Attacks
It stands to reason that weight loss surgery could help reduce the frequency of gout attacks, because it prevents those with obesity from eating the same volume and types of foods that lead to increases in uric acid. This is also confirmed in the research.
One study looked at 99 individuals that experienced regular gout and underwent bariatric surgery, and compared it to a control group that experienced regular gout and did not undergo weight loss surgery. They found several interesting results.
- First, there was an initial increase in gout attacks for the bariatric surgery group. Rapid weight loss is known to cause uric acid buildup, and after bariatric surgery there tends to be a very low calorie diet and rapid weight loss that appears to trigger gout attacks.
- But after the initial gout was over, the incidence of gout drops dramatically. Those that have undergone bariatric surgery experience significantly less gout than the control group, with a significant reduction in uric acid levels over 1 year after surgery.
The link between diet and gout is well established, so the ability of bariatric surgery to control for gout attacks is not a surprising one. However, for those with obesity that have had trouble controlling their diet and have struggled with frequent gout, the ability to consistently and effectively control gout with weight loss surgery is yet another benefit that may make treatment a worthwhile option.
Another Benefit of Weight Loss Surgery on Quality of Life
Weight loss surgery can control for a number of obesity related diseases. But it is not limited to those diseases. It can also control for diseases related to diet, like gout, giving additional benefits to this already critical medical procedure. For those that are struggling with both obesity and gout, the research indicates that it may be worthwhile to consider bariatric surgery.