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Are High Uric Acid Levels a Problem?

By    |   Wednesday, 16 April 2014 05:22 PM

Question: Is there a way to control the percentage of uric acid in blood?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Yes. Elevated uric acid occurs in patients with gout, as well as in some other conditions. It also may be elevated by the presence of cancer and certain medications (especially chemotherapy) may provoke elevations in uric acid.
We normally control uric acid in the blood by restricting purine intake (by avoiding red meat, wines), and often help control prevent uric acid from being depositing in tissues and joints by using certain medications. Allopurinol can help clear up elevated uric acid by enhancing the excretion of uric acid in the urine.
Sometimes uric acid may be elevated as a side effect of some medications, so be sure to review your prescription drugs, and non-prescription supplements and medications, carefully with your M.D. You should also seek some dietary guidance and avoid foods that are high in purines. Medications used for elevated uric acid are not all innocuous, and you need to be proactive in reducing your uric acid to maintain optimal heart and joint health

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Elevated uric acid occurs in patients with gout, as well as in some other conditions, but can be controlled.
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