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Gout Can Increase Diabetes Risk

Update Date: Oct 03, 2014 09:08 AM EDT

Gout is linked to a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. 

The study found that the magnitude of the association was significantly greater in women, among whom the risk of diabetes appears to be twice that of women who don't have gout.

Previous research has suggested that gout might be associated with diabetes, but the findings were restricted to one study of men at high risk of heart disease and stroke. The researchers wanted to know if the link existed in the general population, and also applied to women, the press release added. 

Researchers found that all those diagnosed with gout drank more alcohol, visited the doctor more frequently, had more health problems, and took steroids and diuretics more often than those who did not have gout. 

Authors concluded that risk factors for diabetes in people with gout, especially women, should be treated promptly. 

The study was published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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