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Byline: The unexpected link between Gout and Chronic Kidney Disease

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

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Dr Loh Ping Tyug, Medical Director, Fajar Dialysis Centre, Diaverum, shares insights into the concerning rise of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Singapore with The Wellness Insider.

Dennis, a 37-year-old fitness instructor, was diagnosed with gout three years ago after experiencing debilitating pains in his left foot seemingly out of nowhere. He had initially ignored the pains thinking it might have been caused by injury sustained during a workout.

However, one evening the pain became so intense that he finally saw his General Practitioner (GP) for pain medication. Surprised at the diagnosis, Dennis was told to monitor for potential triggers. Eventually, realising that red meat and alcohol were the usual culprits before a bad flare up.

Dennis’ GP also advised him to go for a full health checkup to ensure his kidneys were functioning well. Regular checkups thereafter were also recommended.

This may be surprising to many individuals for two reasons:

  1. Dennis is a young healthy man, who is active and not overweight

  2. Gout is not a condition that many associate with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Read Dr Loh's full article here at The Wellness Insider.

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