Question: How uric acid become problem in human body? How can we treat it?
Answer: Uric acid is produced on break down of the purines in the body. Purines are found in meat, mackerel fish, dried beans and peas, beer and wine. Most of the uric acid is excreted from the body through the kidneys.
High levels of uric acid in the body occur due to increased production or decreased excretion through the kidneys. This is called hyperuriceamia.
Normal Uric Acid Levels in Blood
Blood test is performed to know the levels of uric acid, high levels are found in conditions such as gout or kidney disease.
Normal Uric Acid value is between 3.0 to 7.0 mg/dl.
Values more than the normal are found in following disease and condition:
- Gout, hypoparathyroidism, diet rich in purine, after chemotherapy, excessive exercise, kidney stones, leukemia, diabetes, alcohol intoxication. Gouty arthritis
Values less than normal are found in:
- Wilson’s disease, fanconis syndrome, low purine diet.
High Uric Acid Symptoms
Increased concentration of the uric acid results in deposition of uric acid crystals in the joints, causing inflammation and painful joints or gout. Kidney stones can also result due to increased concentration of uric acid in the blood.
Treatment For High Uric Acid
Persons should avoid foods having high purine content if they are having high uric acid level and if they are suffering from Gout or Uric acid kidney stones.
Purine rich food is: organ meat like liver and kidney, sardines, alcohol, beans and peas, canned and processed food.