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Connected Disease Treatment, Diabetes, Gout, Kidney Stones


There are 3 diseases (diabetes, gout and kidney stones) that have a common lifestyle denominator. Depending on the uric acid concentrations in the blood, it is possible to experience all 3 at one time. The most common cause of elevated uric acid in the blood occurs from an unhealthy diet, sedentary habits and lack of proper water hydration. 

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. Regardless of which 3 conditions you experience, high uric acids in the blood can cause all 3 disease to manifest simultaneously.

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Diabetes results when 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 may ensue. This is also referred to as insulin resistance in the diabetic world. When our bodies accumulate high levels of sugar in the blood circulation the metabolism is impacted negatively.

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A compromised circulatory system is especially hard on the heart, kidney, and blood vessel walls and may cause damage to the nervous system, eyes, and feet. It is not uncommon for those with severe diabetes to lose eyesight, or a foot to gangrene. Type 2 diabetics tend to have a uric acid concentration that leaves them vulnerable to kidney stones and crystallized uric acid formation at the lower limb joints.

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Without good blood circulation the bodies filters cannot fully detoxify itself which increases the risk for kidney stones and gout. If you are diabetic, this does not mean you will get gout and/or have kidney stones.

Instead, think of it this way, you increase the risk of having the other two… regardless of whether your diabetic, or not … you can get gout and kidney stones if you consume too much uric acid rich foods, i.e., alcohol and red meats; AND/OR don’t hydrate properly AND/OR continue sedentary habits. Alcohol and animal rich diets are also known to cause other health problems, i.e., anemia, insulin resistance, blood cancers and chronic diarrhea.

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As poor circulation impacts the kidney’s function, uric acid in the blood also builds up and tends to anchor its crystal formations in the ankles, toes and yes kidneys. If you have talked with anyone who has passed a kidney stone, or had chronic gout in the big toe, you know these are painful events you want to avoid. Passing a stone, or experiencing acute-chronic gout condition almost always influence those who have experienced it, often make lifestyle change immediately.

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The formation of kidney stones can easily form through time when urine flow is too low [urinary low flow could be the cause of an oversize prostate, or other urinary problem – See a Urologist for diagnosis if you experience erectile disfunction, or low flow]

If tests reveal a high uric acid concentration in the blood, be sure to drink plenty of water daily and take prescribed medications and avoid red meat and alcohol. To mitigate the risk of kidney stones, consume 8-8oz glasses of water a day. In doing so decreases the uric acid waste concentration in the blood through frequent urination and bowel movements.

Who is most likely to acquire gout? Gout can occur at any age and is common for seniors. However, gout manifests when lifestyles do not moderate consumption of uric acid rich foods and drink, sedentary activities and inappropriate water intake habits take hold. If you have no gout and are not obese and do not have diabetes… but have high uric acid concentrations in the blood circulation – increased risk for heart attack, metabolic syndrome and other kidney and cardiovascular disease may also result simultaneously with the 3 diseases we have covered.

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It is reassuring to know that if you are treated for diabetes and/or have high levels of uric acid in the blood and experiencing gout or kidney stones… a healthy lifestyle change can alleviate inflammation and pain and with proper medical intervention remove symptoms by treating the disease(s). Let your doctor know immediately if you suffer from diabetes, gout, kidney stones, and/or overweight condition to treat the problem and remove painful symptoms.

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2021 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., www.mirrorathlete.org, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.

Is Drinking Too Much Water Dangerous to Your Health?


Water is the Elixir of Life

As I learned many years ago, if your urine is too yellow, you’ve not drank enough water.  If it is clear, you’re well hydrated.  I actually use this as an indicator when I need to hydrate during hard physical work.  Fortunately for me, I’m not concerned about over hydration, I’m more concerned about under hydration.  It is surprising how many people know very little about their bodies hydration needs or ignore the water consumption, especially when the body is screaming for it.  And then get themselves into trouble with heat exhaustion, heat stroke, kidney stones and other ill-health complications due to not consuming enough water.

There is really no rule on how much water one should drink in a day as an average requirement.  But there are safe hydration guidelines when there is a change to specific conditions, or variables: such as, environmental, health, age and/or physical work intensity.  Also, it is good to note our bodies are made up of 60% water [other experts’ say 2/3, or 66%] and that maintaining that requirement is physiologically crucial in balancing life supporting blood volume, electrolytes and life in general.

The daily average hydration consensus from the experts appears to be:  drink 8, 8oz glasses of water/day (1.9 liters).  This recommendation by the Institute of Medicine for example is not supported by hard scientific data.  Instead, this standard is based on a few variables: that one exercises at least 20 minutes/day and the individual weighs about 150lbs and lives in fairly mild to cool temps throughout the year.  Now when looking outside of this average and at a young metabolism, the kidney functions are capable of handling up to 6 gallons of water a day.  For example, athlete’s that work very hard during training can exceed this volume daily, especially during hot summer months.  I make mention of this because age and work intensity play a vital role in determining proper hydration needs.  I’ve listed a hydration calculator link at the bottom of this article should you want to find out your approximate daily hydration requirements based on these variables.

Now let’s take a closer look at the too much water hydration scenario?  Over hydration is known as hyponatremia.  The worse case medical outcomes: seizures, coma or death.  You ask yourself, how is it possible to get sick, or to die from drinking too much water?  When your internal cellular electrolytes sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium and phosphate are overwhelmed with liquid in the body, the inner cells swell up.  And this includes swelling within the brains cavity.  The blood that travels through the brain can then be restricted, or interrupted.  For most of us, as previously stated, drinking too much water in a day is not going to be a problem.  However, several news headlines featuring water drinking contests that resulted in recent deaths put this “awareness” topic on the map.  Aside from these infrequent deaths caused from water drinking contests, there are medical conditions that can be aggravated when consuming the average, or exceeding these water consumption requirements.  There is also a mental disorder “psychogenic polydipsia” where a dry sensation constantly causes one to experience a dry mouth that can lead to consuming too much water daily.

If you experience certain symptoms due to illness, or disease, or using certain prescriptions that cause water retention, your risk factor of over-hydrating the body has just increased.  And by drinking more water than the recommended average could create further ill-health problems.  For example, if you have kidney disease or congenital heart failure your body’s ability to move liquid throughout the body is less efficient.  And body swelling in the feet, ankles and legs typically occurs as a first sign the body is retaining too much water.

Symptoms of Over Hydration and Treatment

With mild like or severe hyponatremia symptoms:  nausea, vomiting, confusion, loss of energy, headache, seizures, unconsciousness, coma, muscle weakness, spasms or cramps; reduce or stop your hydration consumption until symptoms are manageable.  Also limit fluids to under a quarter of water intake for up to 24 hours.  And then ensure you hydrate within recommended doctor’s advisement.  It may take up to 7 days for those that experience hyponatremia symptoms to completely go away.  Also consume small portions of foods with sodium to increase the electrolytes within your body.   In severe cases you may require medical treatment such as intravenous (IV) fluids with the right electrolyte balance to get your body’s blood volume back in balance.  However, if you have kidney, liver or heart disease, you’ll want to be monitored by your doctor when increasing your sodium intake as this will cause water retention and more stress on your organs.  Striking a balance through medical monitoring and advisement is key here.

So the question is how much water do we really need?

The answer appears to be rather simple.  Drink as much as your body requires.  In other words, when you drink water, you know when your bodies thirst has been quenched.  When this occurs, there’s really no need to drink more.  The problem for many of us, we satisfy our thirst with too many processed beverage drinks which can become toxic to the body and causes weight gain.

Under hydrate and you’ll also gain weight!

One ill-health condition that we’re all too familiar with where there is a direct relationship for lack of daily water consumption is obesity.  Yes, too many of our adult population and now our kids consume too much sugar based drinks, desserts, “junk” processed/fatty foods and drink too little water in a day.  And unfortunately, your body will win in its demand to meet those 8 glasses of water requirement by the over consumption of foods and beverage drinks you consume to get the water hydration it requires.  Then your body absorbs more toxins as the body’s filters become incapable of processing the toxins.  You then become a toxic filter!  And when your filters become less efficient you begin to feel ill and then get sick!  And this is one of those “connecting of the dots” that is greatly responsible for the increase of childhood obesity, Type 2 adult onset diabetes and weight bearing pain caused from being overweight.  And once you achieve these ill-health conditions, many more problems often ensue!  See a doctor if you suffer from mild to chronic hyponatremia, or any other abnormal, or unexplained ill-health, or weight gain conditions.


The Running Institute.  The Dangers of Overhydration.  http://www.therunninginstitute.com/blog/dangers-of-overhydration

Mayo Clinic Staff.  Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day?  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

CSGNetwork.com.  Human Water Requirement Calculator.  http://www.csgnetwork.com/humanh2owater.html

Henshaw, Ashley.  Water Intoxication: The Dangers of Overhydration.  Symptomfind.  July 24, 2011.  http://www.symptomfind.com/health/water-intoxiaction-dangers-of-overhydration/

Author: Marc T. Woodard, MBA, BS Exercise Science, ARNG, CPT, RET. 2012 Copyright. All rights reserved, Mirror Athlete Inc., www.mirrorathlete.org, Sign up for your Free eNewsletter.