The Effect of Weight Reduction on Urate Metabolism

  • B. T. Emmerson
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 41)


The common view of the etiology of gout has related it to obesity and over-indulgence in food. Contrariwise, gout was seen much less frequently in undernourished European countries during World War II. Our observations of patients with primary gout have shown that many weigh considerably more than their desirable weight for height (1). Little is understood however, concerning possible pathogenetic mechanisms involved in this association. One approach would be to characterize urate metabolism in an obese subject who had suffered from gout and then to define it on a second occasion by an identical technique after he had lost weight.


Weight Reduction Obese Subject Serum Urate Gouty Arthritis Serum Urate Concentration 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. T. Emmerson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Princess Alexandra HospitalUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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