What Is Prediabetes?


People with Prediabetes Can Develop Gout, a Type of Arthritis

A person massaging their footHigh levels of uric acid are commonly seen in people with prediabetes. Elevated uric acid levels can lead to gout, a type of arthritis that causes inflammation, swelling and pain. Acute gout can cause pain in one joint, while chronic gout can affect multiple parts of the body. Although the exact cause of gout is unknown, it is more common in men, women after menopause, and people who eat a lot of red meat or drink alcohol. Certain medications can also raise uric acid levels.

The toes, knees and ankles are typically affected by gout. Pain is intense and can start suddenly while awake or sleeping. Changes in diet can lower uric acid levels, as can certain medications.

In the past, meat was unaffordable and scarcely eaten by the public. As a result, gout was called “the disease of kings.”

Gout and Prediabetes: The Basics

  • Gout, prediabetes and diabetes are often seen in people with physical conditions, such as obesity.
  • Studies show that gout sufferers with high levels of uric acid are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.
  • If you have gout, you can lower uric acid levels and your risk of becoming prediabetic or diabetic by making lifestyle changes.


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