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While Thanksgiving is an important time of year for many gout patients in terms of eating (and being aware of foods that trigger their flares), November is also American Diabetes Month. Gout rarely exists in isolation; in fact, there is a prevalence of gout in patients with other diseases, like diabetes, heart disease, renal disease and more.
Insulin resistance may also play a role in the development of gout, and hyperuricemia can worsen insulin resistance. Patients who have gout are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Similarly, patients who already have type 2 diabetes are more likely to have hyperuricemia and gout.
In order to manage gout with diabetes, it's important to encourage patients to check their blood sugar and uric acid levels regularly (made easier with the help of our handy "Go For Six" Score Card). With the right treatment plan and lifestyle adjustments, patients can live a life with fewer, or even no, gout flares.