What Is Uric Acid?

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Uric acid is a waste product resulting from the metabolism of purines found in certain foods and also produced by the body. High blood pressure, cardiac problems and renal diseases are among the health problems linked to high blood levels of uric acid, as reported by the Mayo Clinic.

Causes

Some of the causes of high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream (hyperuricemia) are Hodgkin’s disease and leukemia. Consuming organ meats, mackerel, dried beans and peas, drugs for hypertension, and high rates of alcohol and caffeine may also cause high levels.

Kidney Stones

The Urology Channel Website details the process involving the chemical components of urine and the dissolution of wastes. High uric acid volumes (hyperuricosuria) interfere with the process of waste filtration and lead to the development of kidney stones.

Gout

On its Website, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society lists the risks, triggers and available treatment for gout. This painful form of arthritis is caused by high blood levels of uric acid and has a strong hereditary component.

Obesity

Obesity has a role in high blood levels of uric acid linked to the consumption of high-risk foods. The Mayo Clinic recommends weight management including dietary changes to limit or eliminate simple carbohydrates (sugar) and to avoid diet plans containing foods high in purines.

Prevalence

PubMed Central, the Website of the United States National Library of Medicine, offers the results of studies on the occurrence of uric acid stones. Increased development of stones was noted in people over age 65, non-whites, whether you are male or female, and in certain geographical locations, including Israel.

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