Sleep Apnea Increases Risk of Gout Save
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.