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If I have diabetes, what medicines may help prevent gout?

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People with diabetes should have a uric acid level at or below 6 mg/dL to reduce the risk of gout. Ask your doctor to test your blood if you don't know your number.

Your doctor may suggest medication to help you make less uric acid or help your kidneys get rid of more of it.

Treatments may include:

If you have a flare of gout, medications can ease pain and swelling.

  • Uricosuric agents to help your body pass more uric acid
  • Xanthine oxidase inhibitors to help your body make less uric acid

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “Managing a Gout Attack,” “Gout Symptoms,” “What is Gout?” “How Fat Affects Gout,” “Gout Causes,” “Gout Treatment,” "Gout and Diabetes.”

Gout and Uric Acid Education Society: “Risk Factors and Triggers,” “Gout and Diabetes,” “Gout Lifestyle Changes,” “Gout & Other Health Issues,” "Symptoms & Stages.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Gout and Hyperuricemia.”

American Diabetes Association: “Type 2,” “High Uric Acid Levels Raise Diabetes Risk.”

Choi, H. October 2, 2014. Annals of Rheumatic Diseases,

Obesity Society: “Your Weight and Diabetes.”

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Type 2 Diabetes: Know Your Risk Factors."

Zhou, M. , Jan. 31, 2014. Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome

 

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation: “Managing a Gout Attack,” “Gout Symptoms,” “What is Gout?” “How Fat Affects Gout,” “Gout Causes,” “Gout Treatment,” "Gout and Diabetes.”

Gout and Uric Acid Education Society: “Risk Factors and Triggers,” “Gout and Diabetes,” “Gout Lifestyle Changes,” “Gout & Other Health Issues,” "Symptoms & Stages.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Gout and Hyperuricemia.”

American Diabetes Association: “Type 2,” “High Uric Acid Levels Raise Diabetes Risk.”

Choi, H. October 2, 2014. Annals of Rheumatic Diseases,

Obesity Society: “Your Weight and Diabetes.”

Joslin Diabetes Center: “Type 2 Diabetes: Know Your Risk Factors."

Zhou, M. , Jan. 31, 2014. Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome

 

 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 14, 2018

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