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what is the definition or description of: uric acid?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Metabolic product: Uric acid is a is a waste product of purine metabolism that is excreted in the urine. If blood levels are high, it may deposit in the joints and cause an arthritis called "gout." high levels in the urine can kidney cause stones. It is more soluble in alkaline solutions, so high acid (low ph) in the blood or urine can result in crystals or stones.
Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 20 years experience
Waste product: Uric acid is a naturally-occurring waste product produced by the body. Humans are not very good at getting rid of uric acid, and in some people it builds up and causes a form of joint pain (usually toe pain) called gout.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Whats uric acid?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Metabolis by-product: Uric acid is formed in the process of metabolism of proteins by the body. It can also form with high cellular turnover in persons undergoing chemotherapy or treatment for cancer. Uric acid can get to high levels and precipitate out in the body in joints, soft tissues and in the kidneys to give "gout". Medications, diet, hydration are the treatments.
A 52-year-old male asked:

What to do when your uric acid high?

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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Uric acid: Uric acid comes from purines made naturally by your body as well as from purines in your diet. Avoid foods high in purines like red meats, organ meats, canned tuna, anchovies, mackerel, sardines, herring, mussels, scallops, shrimp and lobster. Avoid alcohol. Avoid sugar. Eat more plant-based proteins and drink lots of fluids. Choose low-fat or nonfat dairy products. The goa is <6.0 for hx of gout.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What foods can help to decrease uric acid?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Nothing: Any food that does not contain protein will not contribute to uric acid. Foods high in protein, iron, glucose, and processed sugar are also known to raise uric acid. Nn foods are known to decrease it. Certain drugs like Allopurinol are used to treat gout.
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A 52-year-old male asked:

What are the foods to avoid with excessive uric acid?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Red meat, etc.: The main foods to avoid or consume less of include red meat and seafood, also less dairy foods and milk, and foods with high fructose content. Increased vitamin c intake (foods with high vit c content) also helps, as does avoiding alcoholic beverages, which can dehydrate the body and thus increase the chance of a gouty attack. Losing weight also lowers the risk of a gouty attack and uric acid.
A 24-year-old female asked:

What to eat for uric acid patient?

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Dr. Ivan Colon
Urology 27 years experience
What not to eat!: Consult your pcp or nutritionist. Avoid high purines foods - meat products such as internal organs, liver, kidneys, heart and other parts of animals are high in purines and uric acid. Sea salt - it can increase uric acid levels. Avoid foods such as sugary sweet breads, high fructose corn syrup and sucrose. High fructose foods can also cause problems with in patients with uric acid problems.

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