3 Connected Diseases – Diabetes, Gout and Kidney Disease

21 06 2012

Do What it Takes to Keep Parents Healthy

These 3 diseases (diabetes, gout and kidney disease) have three things in common that makes it more likely for one to experience them at the same time.  And those common denominators are bad diet, lack of exercise and poor blood circulation.  An interesting aspect to this 3-way disease connection; studies show if you have high uric acid concentrations in the blood you are more likely to experience gout,  have a 20% increase risk of acquiring diabetes and 40% risk of kidney disease.  It appears regardless of what disease comes first, it can lead to the other.  And for many, all 3 diseases are treated at the same time.

Okay, we’ll break this down a bit to understand how these 3 diseases could come about within the same window of time.

First of all we know a symptom of diabetes is poor blood circulation.  This occurs because blood sugars are not being processed adequately through the liver and muscles.  When the insulin hormone is not produced at the intended levels a whole list of medical complications can ensue.  This is also referred to as insulin resistance in the diabetic world.  When our bodies accumulate high levels of sugar in our blood the bodies reacts negatively by causing many different types of medical complications due to the high blood sugars impact on the body’s circulation and overall metabolism.

When blood circulation is impacted, this effect is especially hard on the heart, kidney and blood vessel walls.  Other damages that often occur due to poor circulation are the impacts specifically in the nervous system, eyes and feet.  For example, it is not uncommon for those with severe diabetic ailments specific to those areas of the body to lose eyesight, or a foot to gangrene.

And since circulation is greatly impacted for those with diabetes, they are also more likely to experience gout (a painful joint condition) and kidney stones.  This is because the uric acid builds up on joints and within the kidneys for lack of good circulation.  And without good circulation the body simply can’t detoxify itself optimally.  This lack of circulation is the domino effect that creates higher risk for kidney stones and chronic gout conditions.

However, just because you’re diabetic does not mean you’ll get gout and kidney stones. Instead you should think of it this way, you increase your odds of all 3 diseases presenting themselves at some point in time if diet and activity habits don’t change.  Also, acute and chronic gout seem to mostly occur based on a diet that is uric acid rich from consuming too much alcohol and red meats.

Since poor circulation also impacts the kidneys and urine function, these filters and waste removal systems to detoxify the body are not operating at 100%.  So in this case the uric acids in the blood build up and tend to anchor its crystal formations in the ankles, toes and yes the kidneys.  And if you’ve ever talked to someone that has passed a stone, you’d understand this is not the type of pain you’d want to experience.  I’ve known people that have experienced passing a stone and they immediately changed their diets, activity levels and drink a lot more water throughout the day.  It was an eye opener for them for sure.

The formation of these stones can occur if urine flow is too little for lack of proper hydration, or too highly concentrated with uric acid due to bad diet.  Other factors that increase risk of uric acid stone formation in the kidneys: as stated, an alcohol and animal rich diet cause a metabolic disorder within the urine system and also causes other health risks throughout the body, i.e., anemia, insulin resistance, blood cancers and chronic diarrhea.  It is also found that type 2 diabetics tend to have a high acidic urine concentration that leaves them vulnerable to uric acid stones and crystallized uric acid formation at the lower limb joints.

If you’ve been clinically identified with high uric acid levels in the blood, be sure to drink plenty of water daily and take prescribed medications.  It is recommended to consume 8-8oz glasses of water a day.  By doing so you can better remove the uric acid waste product from the blood through more frequent urination and stools, thereby also preventing kidney stone formation and maintaining clean bodily filters.

Who are the most likely candidates to acquire gout?  Gout can occur at any age and is common for those in their senior years.  Gout experienced during the senior years is mostly due to lack of mobility and decreased water intake.  However, even if you have no gout, are not obese and don’t have diabetes, but your uric acids in the blood are constantly high, you’re at risk for heart attack, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, kidney stones, cardiovascular disease and yes even death if progression of disease(s) is not treated.  Another common disease that can bring on these 3 interacting diseases is obesity! If your considered clinically obese, you’re likely to become a type II diabetic if not already.

Any time you have less circulation in any organ it can also sustain permanent damage.  Like your bodies muscles, organs depend on oxygen enriched blood through good blood circulation to maintain healthy tissue.  Since your kidneys and liver scrub your system free of food and air toxins, it would be wise to maintain “optimum blood circulation and blood volume” through good preventative ill-health practices such as daily exercise, proper diet and hydrate well throughout the day with water.

If you’re interested in a natural diet solution to prevent gout, then you’ll benefit to know that the cayenne and garlic spices in your foods can help you to achieve this goal.  That’s right these spices are very healthy for you.  So insure you incorporate these spices into your daily diet for preventative measures.  There are also high concentrate supplements with these spices included that can be very helpful in the prevention of gout.

It is also reassuring to know that if you’re being treated for diabetes and/or high levels of uric acid-gout, you’ll also be treated with the same treatment options since they are so closely related.  Let your doctor’s know immediately if you suffer from diabetes, gout and/or kidney stone symptoms, or suffer from obesity.

And as you already understand, for prevention and to improve upon you health if you suffer from any of these diseases; diet, exercise and ample water intake throughout the day will serve your body well.

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Cason, Charity.  Gout and Diabetes.  BattleDiabetes, 6 May 2011. http://www.battlediabetes.com/articles/diabetes/gout-and-diabetes#

Laino, Charlene.  High Uric Acid Linked to Both Gout & Diabetes. WebMD,  11 Nov 2011. http://arthritis.webmd.com/news/20111111/high-uric-acid-linked-to-both-gout-and-diabetes

MyUricAcid.  Diabetes and Gout.  http://www.myuricacid.com/diabetes-and-gout/

Woodard, Marc.  Is Drinking Too Much Water Dangerous to Your Health?  Mirror Athlete Fitness Secrets!  15 April 2012.  http://mirrorathlete.com/blog/?p=1298

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Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, USA Medical Services Officer, CPT, RET.  2012 Copyright, All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Publishing @: http://www.mirrorathlete.com,  Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.