Understanding Uric Acid Levels

Uric Acid LevelsUnderstanding Uric Acid Levels


The right uric acid levels in the body play a very important role in maintaining overall health. When these levels are not within their normal bounds it can lead to health problems.


According to Mayo Clinic, a high uric acid level, or hyperuricemia, is an excess of uric acid in your blood. Uric acid is produced during the breakdown of purine, a substance found in many foods. Once produced, uric acid is carried in your blood and passes through your kidneys, where most of it leaves your body when you urinate.


Factors that may cause a high uric acid level in your blood include:


  • Diuretic medications (water pills)
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Genetics (inherited tendencies)
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Immune-suppressing drugs
  • Niacin, or vitamin B-3
  • Obesity
  • Psoriasis
  • Purine-rich diet — organ meat, game meat, anchovies, herring, gravy, dried beans, dried peas, mushrooms and other foods
  • Renal insufficiency — inability of the kidneys to filter waste
  • Tumor lysis syndrome — a rapid release of cells into the blood caused by certain cancers or by chemotherapy for those cancers


Source: Mayo Clinic


The rise of the uric acid levels in the body can have several adverse effects. According to Uric Acid Levels.org, it is not only gout that we should be concerned about if we have high uric acid levels. A high uric acid level is not a medical condition in itself but it is associated with several diseases such as gout, Lesch Nyhan syndrome, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and kidney stones formation.


Since gout is the common disease that results from high uric acid levels, it is also important to take note that the first sign of gout are swollen joints. Swollen joints are accompanied by redness, tenderness, hotness, and unbearable pain. In 50% of the cases gout is located in the big toe joint but it may also affect other joints such as wrists, heels, fingers, and knees. Another sign of gout is represented by the tophi. Tophi are uric acid deposits that do not cause any pain but may interfere with proper blood circulation and drainage.


Apart from hyperuricemia there are several factors which may generate the development of gout in the human body. Here are some of the most encountered causes of gout: lifestyle, genetics, medical conditions, and certain medication.


Source: Uric Acid Levels


There are also some ways that you may be able to reduce the uric acid levels in the body. How to Reduce Uric Acid.net has provided some of the best natural means by which these levels can be minimized. These are:


  • Cherries. There has been some studies and many testimonies about cherry consumption as a way to reduce uric acid. Gout-ridden people who have added cherries in their diet has been seen to experience less frequent flare-ups of the afflicted joints.


  • Eat the greens; just skip the beans. Eating vegetables, especially those rich in Vitamin C like broccoli and potatoes can become a natural way to reduce uric acid. Fibrous vegetables like beets and turnips have also been observed to relieve the pains of gout.


  • Beans, though naturally healthy, should not be a part of a gout patient’s diet. Beans contain concentrated amounts of purine which may trigger an increase in the amount of uric acid in the body.


  • Quench yourself. One thing to remember: the lesser amount of water in the body, the higher the concentration of uric acid in the blood.  Uric acid is water soluble, meaning it dissolves in water. Drinking water can significantly and naturally help a gout patient by regulating the levels of uric acid and flushing the excess out of our body.


Source: How to Reduce Uric Acid


Indeed, being able to understand how uric acid levels affect overall health is really important. It can lead to avoidance of the onset of certain diseases such as gout and can spell a good life without having to deal with the complications brought about by high uric acid levels.

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