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what causes uric acid build up in the body

A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
32 years experience Rheumatology
Often diet related: Many different foods and alcohol can increase uric acid levels. Red wine and beer are examples as are red meat, liver, and shellfish are examples. Oth ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Coffee seems to help: Actually, drinking coffee seems to reduce the risk of gout and is not the cause! see http://www.Arthritis.Org/research/funded-research/research-update ... Read More
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Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
See below: Having renal disease, obesity, and even cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome can all be associated with elevated uric acid levels.
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Caffeine and uric ac: Caffeine or coffee will not elevate uric acid. Kidney impairment and diuretic meds are common reasons, too. Diet can aggravate. So avoid alcohol, ani ... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes: Gout can produce gouty tophi.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Blake
44 years experience Podiatry
Gout Attack Reason: Uric acid that produces gout is a normal breakdown product of purines (nucleic acids) in our bodies.A gout attack is caused by an excessive buildup of ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Yes: Crabmeat has purines which are metabolized to uric acid. However, diet has little effect on serum uric acid levels despite what some doctors on this s ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Mund
45 years experience Rheumatology
Normal event: Uric acid is a natural metabolic product purines, part of protein. As proteins are broken down, the purines are metabolized and uric acid is the major ... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
8 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Decease red meat: Reducing red meat intake usually helps to lower uric acid. There are some other foods. Allopurinol is a drug which helps to lower uric acid. Please ch ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
It depends: If you do not have gout there is no reason to do anything. If you do have a history of gout or kidney stones, Allopurinol is the drug of choice for mo ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Water pills.: Diuretics (water pills) are the most common meds that elevate the serum uric acid.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
51 years experience Rheumatology
Uric acid : Uric acid with in the body comes from cell breakdown in the body . It is a waste product from dead cells otherwise.
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