Gout and Diabetes

There has been considerable question by some as to the possible connection between diabetes and gout. The truth is that there is a connection. Those who have gout are at much higher risks of developing type II diabetes later on in their lives while diabetics often develop gout.

The link is believed to be due to the fact that diabetics are well known for having circulation problems. Poor circulation allows the buildup of uric acids, or gout, to occur. These crystals begin to accumulate in certain joints of the body, such as in the ankles and toes. The presence of these hardened crystals in the joints is painful, with the severity increasing as the amount of crystals increase.

Although gout can appear at any age, it is much more common in the elderly. Their propensity for limited movement ,decreased water intake and less exercise makes them ideal candidates for the disease.

Thankfully, gout is a condition that can be controlled very well with a sensible diet and exercise. Eliminating alcohol is another good measure to take. Other measures include consuming plenty of water, which helps to break down the crystals. Certain foods are also excellent at increasing circulation, which helps to move the crystals through the body to be expelled in urine. Some wise food choices are cayenne and garlic.

The good news is that the contraction of diabetes and gout are so closely related, they can both be controlled well with the same treatment options. It is important to notify your doctor as soon as you being to experience symptoms so that you do not have to suffer needlessly.

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