There may be a bright side to the excruciating pain of gout. New research, presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, suggests that patients diagnosed with this acute inflammatory arthritis face a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) compared with people without gout.

“Our findings provide the first population-based evidence for the potential protective effect of gout on the risk of AD, and support the neuroprotective role of uric acid,” said Hyon Choi, MD, DrPH, the study’s senior investigator, and director of epidemiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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