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Are Women With Gout at Higher Risk for Diabetes?

According to new research, gout sufferers may be at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, with women showing a higher risk than men. Data compiled from studies on 200,000 patients found that when comparing patients with gout and osteoarthritis (OA), the gout patients also had higher rates of diabetes than the OA patients. Although this painful condition overwhelmingly affects more men than women, with an estimated six million men suffering from the condition to two million women, cases of gout-related diabetes are higher in women, according to the research. Fortunately, with expert gout treatment in Beverly Hills, alleviating the painful symptoms is possible.

What is Gout?

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops when the kidneys do not properly metabolize uric acid, causing a buildup of the acid in the blood, which can then crystallize in the joints. Symptoms of gout can present in sudden and severe bursts. The most common symptoms include :

Risk Factors

Certain underlying health conditions can increase the risk of also developing this form of inflammatory arthritis, including:


This inflammatory form of arthritis tends to run in families, therefore, having one or more relatives with the condition can increase individual risk.

Diet and obesity

Lifestyle choices can bring to consequence of making arthritis conditions worse. Like diabetes, a poor diet high in fats and sugars, and being overweight can increase individual risk. Eating high quantities of red meat, shellfish, and alcohol in particular also increases the risk of developing gout. Discuss potential gout treatment and weight loss options with your rheumatologist.


Certain medications such as diuretic (water pills) and immunosuppressant drugs prescribed for autoimmune disorders like psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis and organ transplants can also increase the risk of developing gout.

While the research remains inconclusive as to why diabetes affects more women with gout than men, in light of the findings, patients are advised to undergo gout treatment in Los Angeles with periodic diabetes testing and monitoring in order to stay ahead of their condition.

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Beverly Hills Rheumatologist

Board-certified rheumatologist, Dr. Susan Baker offers advanced diagnostic and gout treatment options for the full range of rheumatological and autoimmune disorders like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. If you are suffering from gout and are worried about your diabetes risk, contact Dr. Baker at (310) 274–7770 to schedule a consultation today.

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