Uric acid: What to eat and what to avoid

Uric acid is a chemical compound found in the body it decomposes when substances that are called purines.

Purines are found in foods such as seafood, liver, anchovies, mackerel, some drinks, some vegetables and beer.

Under normal conditions, uric acid found in the blood travels to the kidneys which expel it through urine. Sometimes these organs can not eject properly and builds up in the bloodstream causing health problems.

Normal values ​​of uric acid are in this range: 3.5 to 7.2 mg / dL. When exceeded is called hyperuricemia.

Simply a blood sample to see if this problem exists. It is important to detect it as too much of this chemical in the blood can cause gout or kidney disease.

Gout is a type of arthritis that causes severe pain.

This pain can affect the big toe, but can also occur in the knees, ankles, tendons of the hands and feet, elbows …

Dr. Enrique Calvo Aranda, Rheumatology Service of HM hospitals in Madrid, notes that “in many patients gout can be hereditary, but there are several secondary causes that cause.”

High levels of uric acid may be because the kidneys have difficulty eliminating, the excessive consumption of sweetened drinks and alcohol, as well as foods such as shellfish and organ meats, also some medications can lead to gout attacks in people who never had I had high uric acid, as with certain cancer treatments.

It can be prevented if, like blood pressure, cholesterol or blood sugar is controlled, a periodic study of uric acid is made.

If it goes high, the doctor will recommend medication and diet to prevent gout attacks and lower the uric acid. The patient’s commitment to bring adequate food is fundamental and not to stop treatment.

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As stated, gout affects more men than women. This is because when they reach puberty uric acid levels in children resemble those that will have the rest of your life. If it is abnormally high, they have increased risk of gout.

In contrast, levels in women remain low during the reproductive age and then increases at menopause. Still, it is not often that can suffer this disease before or after menopause.

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