Do you suffer from gout? Have you ever thought you may have sleep apnea as well? Interestingly enough, gout flares often are initiated while a patient is sleeping; with a link to sleep known since Dr. Thomas Sydenham wrote about this in 1683.
Recent research has dived deeper into the idea that there is a sleep connection between these two conditions, where addressing sleep apnea could help with gout maintenance and flare ups (and vice versa).
Four studies have recently proved that those with sleep apnea have a greater chance at developing gout, versus those not diagnosed with sleep apnea. In fact, a study rolled out by rheumatologists reveal that within a group of 54 patients dealing with gout, a whopping 89 percent of them had sleep apnea. Additionally, as reported by BMJ.com, research has found that gout has a lot of similar comorbidities currently known to be linked with complications around untreated sleep apnea over an extended period of time (e.g.
diabetes, cardiovascular illnesses, hypertension, kidney disease) as well; with one study revealing that raising the allopurinol medicine dose does not have benefits to decreasing chances around all cause mortality and massive cardiovascular events within gout sufferers; while another study discovered febuxostat actually enhances this risk.
A good first step in the right direction when managing gout flare ups should be a sleep apnea diagnosis by doctors, with treatment follow up if the patient has this condition.
Additionally, gout very well could be a warning symptom of sleep apnea, and while gout is painful, complications in sleep apnea can also be dire and life-threatening; therefore, the idea of getting tested for the condition will not only help with gout maintenance, but treating the sleep apnea is a good idea to ensure one stays healthy and happy in the long run.