Milk powder may help prevent gout flares

MedPage Today reports, “Daily consumption of enriched skim milk powder could help prevent gout flares,” according to a proof-of-concept study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

“Compared with patients randomized to receive control treatment with simple powdered lactose, those given enriched skim milk powder had greater reductions in flares of gout during a three-month period (P=0.044), according to Nicola Dalbeth, MD, of the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and colleagues.”

But “there was no difference in flare frequency for patients given plain skim milk powder rather than the enriched formulation, compared with those given lactose (P=0.81),” the study found.

“In this study, researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand looked at the effects of drinking a skim milk powder enriched with two dairy components, glycomacropeptide (GMP) and G600 milk fat extract (G600), on the frequency of gout attacks in 102 people,” WebMD adds.

“The people were divided into three groups” and “drank either the enriched milk powder, a plain skim milk powder, or a lactose powder mixed with water as a vanilla-flavored shake each day.”

The study found that “after three months, the frequency of gout attacks dropped in all three groups” but “those who drank the enriched skim milk had a significantly bigger reduction in gout attacks than those in the other two groups.”

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