The Close Connection Between Gout and Other Diseases
April 3, 2013 by Teresa.
It is surprising that in a day and age of an abundance of information that there are still an alarming number of people who have very little awareness about the risk factors for gout. A chronic and potentially disabling form of arthritis, gout is on the rise. Besides the fact that there are still a lot of people who believe the myth that gout is an ancient disease that only kings were privy to, there continues to be even less knowledge about the connection between gout and other common diseases.
Which Diseases are on the List?There are a number of other diseases that pose a risk for developing gout. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes and kidney disease are all on that impressive list. Yet, a surprisingly few number of people are aware of these connections. Often, even people who have been diagnosed with gout are not fully aware of what their bodies may be trying to tell them.
It is very common for patients who are being treated for kidney disease to also complain of excruciating pain in one or more of their joints. It appears that in many cases, kidney disease and gout go hand-in-hand.
Gout and diabetes are also closely linked conditions. Men with gout are at increased risk of developing type II diabetes at some point in their life. Type II diabetes can cause uric acid levels to rise in the blood. Although on the surface these two diseases seem somehow unrelated, it is important to understand the link in order to better manage, diagnose and even treat either of the diseases. Studies are even underway to determine whether or not elevated uric acid levels have a direct role in causing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, kidney disease and even obesity.
Family History and Obesity...Family history and obesity are two other common predictors associated with gout. Yes, indeed, gout does run in families. Although a lot of people may not understand that gout can run in families, a growing number of people appear to make the connection between obesity and gout. Once again that may be because of the misguided notion that gout was a fat, rich man's disease. It also appears that gout patients, about nine out of 10, are educated to the fact that having their uric acid levels monitored is important. It is the high levels of uric acid that form crystals in the joints of the feet and hands and cause gout flareups.
It is clear that many diseases do not thrive in isolation. Our bodies are complex organisms with many interconnected issues. As we age, it becomes increasingly more important that we understand the connections between the various diseases that afflict many people in modern society. A well-informed patient makes better decisions when it comes to treatment options and overall better health.
Filed under: New Study, Gout Fact.
Tags: gout and other diseases, other common diseases, risk factors for gout, ancient disease, developing gout, diabetes, family history.
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