• Gout, Diabetes and Foot Pain

    by Dr. LaMour
    on Aug 5th, 2015

If you have gout, you may already be familiar with the activities and eating habits that trigger the onset of a painful gout flare. But there’s another, more serious risk that people diagnosed with gout should be aware of – the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

A 2014 study revealed that men who suffer from gout have 20% chance of also developing Type 2 diabetes, while the Type 2 diabetes risk for female gout sufferers is an astonishing 71%.

While gout is known for causing pain in the joints of the foot and big toe, Type 2 diabetes can result in extremely serious side effects and complications, such as kidney damage, nerve damage, and limb amputations. Both conditions are considered to be ‘lifestyle diseases’ – which means that, in many cases, you can control the onset or the worsening of these conditions by modifying everyday behaviors like physical activity and dietary choices. The following lifestyle factors are common contributors to both gout and Type 2 diabetes.

Weight – Being overweight or obese can not only cause more frequent gout flares, but can also be an independent cause of foot pain, since your feet may be overworked or fatigued from supporting extra pounds. Obesity – especially when the extra weight is concentrated in your midsection – is also a primary risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes. To control gout and prevent diabetes, you should regularly monitor your weight, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference to ensure that all 3 of these measures stay within a healthy range that will lessen your risk of developing a chronic disease.

Exercise – Regular exercise is good for your overall health and energy levels, and can help you manage stress – which is often an underlying factor for weight gain and unhealthy eating habits. Exercise also lowers your uric acid levels, and helps manage glucose intolerance linked to Type 2 diabetes. When it comes to exercise, a little goes a long way. Just 30 minutes of moderate activity at least 5 days a week is enough to provide your body with the benefit of reduced gout and diabetes risk. If you have physical limitations, consult your doctor or a qualified medical professional to craft an exercise plan that will work for you.

Food & Drink – Many of the same foods and beverages that can cause painful episodes of gout are also related to the development of Type 2 diabetes. These include foods high in protein or sugar, alcohol, and fatty foods. These foods are known to increase the amount of uric acid in the blood and, if consumed in excess, can negatively affect your blood sugar levels. Modifying your diet to increase your intake of fresh fruits and veggies, low-fat meats and drinking plenty of water, while limiting or eliminating those foods that can trigger a gout attack will help you prevent and fight both gout and Type 2 diabetes.

Are you struggling to keep your gout under control? Concerned about your elevated risk of developing Type 2 diabetes? Contact us today for an appointment. We will help you assess your current condition and recommend strategies for staying healthy and pain-free.

Original Source: http://www.drjefflamour.com/foot-diseases/gout-diabetes-and-foot-pain/

Author Dr. LaMour

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