Uric Acid

Uric Acid- Can Uric Acid Levels Be Controlled?

Uric AcidUric acid is a byproduct that is formed during the breakdown process of purines. Uric acid is present in our bodies naturally and is actually necessary for many processes. When we have high uric acid, there can be complications and symptoms for various conditions or afflictions. Highly concentrated levels of uric acid in the blood- called (hyperuricemia), can be one of the causes of gout. It can also cause kidney stones, kidney failure or other conditions.
Fortunately, uric acid levels can be controlled through proper diet, different foods we eat and also certain drugs.

Causes of High Uric Acid

There can be several causes of high uric acid. Some people have a tendency to produce excess uric acid. Other causes can be from someone’s particular gout diet (normally a diet rich in purines, such as organ meats or other foods that can aggravate gout symptoms), excessive alcohol consumption, genetic inheritance, obesity, excessive caffiene or taking certain medications (especially diuretics).

This can also be caused by more serious conditions such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma (Hodgkin’s disease), non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma, psoriasis, leukemia, hypothyroidism (this is an under active thyroid), or kidney problems.

So as you can see, uric acid plays an important part in our overall health. Uric acid levels should be monitored and effective measures should be taken to lower it if uric acid levels are high. Levels can be detected through a blood test, but may manifest as gout, gouty arthritis or gout like symptoms also.

High uric acid levels do not always lead to problems, but they can appear prior to certain other conditions like high blood pressure, kidney diseases (including chronic kidney disease), diabetes or heart disease.

Regular visits to your health care professional, as well as regular checkups, can discover certain potential problems before they manifest as symptoms. So make sure you educate yourself and also research problems that may be prevalent in your family to see if those could appear later on in your own life.

Help yourself control the uric acid level in your body by eating a healthy gout diet, exercising regularly, drinking plenty of fresh water and paying attention to which gout foods to avoid. Read more informative articles by clicking other links on this site.

Resources:

http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Gout/default.asp

www.webmd.com/

 

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