Normal Blood Uric Acid Results

Take Control of Uric Acid

Uric acid levels may fluctuate over time, and can vary due to several factors. Some of these factors include but are not limited to:

Everybody reacts differently to the above factors, and regular testing using the UASure Monitor can give you the knowledge you need in order to take control of your uric acid level.

Purines

Uric acid is the end product of purine metabolism. About 20% of uric acid is derived from purines ingested in food with the remainder resulting from the body's natural breakdown and rebuilding of tissue. Hyperuricemia is generally caused by either a decreased clearance of uric acid by the kidneys, or increased synthesis of uric acid from food or physical activity. All patients should be encouraged to modify their lifestyle including limiting alcohol intake, engaging in weight loss where appropriate, and decreasing foods rich in purines. Learn more about purines at WebMD.

Blood Uric Acid Readings

Normal

Target blood uric acid levels are as follows:
Male: 3.5 ~ 7.2 mg/dL (208 ~ 428 ┬Ámol/L)
Female: 2.6 ~ 6.0 mg/dL (155 ~ 357 ┬Ámol/L)

High

Men with test results higher than 7.2 mg/dL or women with test results higher than 6.0 mg/dL may have a medical condition known as "hyperuricemia." Hyperuricemia patients are at risk of renal disease, and some patients may develop "gout," a condition characterized by joint pain and swelling.

Low

No significant symptoms or diseases have been found related to low blood uric acid levels. Contact your physician for more information if a low uric acid reading is obtained.

Gout

Patients who have been diagnosed with gout should aim to keep their blood uric acid level below 6.0 mg/dL, which is the point at which needle-like crystals can begin to form in joints and capillaries. These crystals can cause intense pain in the form of a gout attack, and eventually harm joints, tendons, and other tissues. Regular monitoring of uric acid levels can assist in determining how an individual's body responds to various foods and medications. Learn more about gout at the Arthritis Foundation.

Testing Frequency

Testing frequency will vary according to age, diet, medication, and physical and emotional health. Patients with gout or Hyperuricemia may want to test more frequently. A healthcare professional can assist in determining when and how often to test your uric acid level.

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