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Zhang and colleagues from Boston analyzed patients with physician diagnosed sleep apnea from The Health Improvement Network in the UK and compared these with 5 controls (age, sex, BMI matched). They studied 9,865 patients with sleep apnea and 43,598 controls. Using a Cox proportional hazards models, the team analyzed the incidence rates of gout with relation to sleep apnea. (Citation soure: http://buff.ly/1jRFsHW)
For the 270 cases of gout identified, the incidence rate was 8.4/1,000 person-years for those with sleep apnea and 4.8/1,000 person-years for those without.
This general population-based study indicated that sleep apnea is independently associated with an increased risk of incident gout.