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What to do when your uric acid high?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Look at trend also

If a lab test is abnormal, it is important to get older records to see how quickly it is changing and how abnormal is has been.
That information can be obtained by a primary care doctor who can then refer a patient to providers with special expertise if needed.

In brief: Look at trend also

If a lab test is abnormal, it is important to get older records to see how quickly it is changing and how abnormal is has been.
That information can be obtained by a primary care doctor who can then refer a patient to providers with special expertise if needed.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Yoder has given you good advice. However, it is not always useful to try to lower uric acid levels, since most folks (we don't know why) with this never develop gout. "Treat the person, not the lab value."
Dr. John Weeks
I don't routinely check uric acid levels on patients unless there is a clinical reason to do so; often there is not much of a track record to compare at first. I strongly agree we need to individualize care and not just treat the numbers.
Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Find out why

Uric acid can be high with conditions ranging from trying to lose weight to cancer or kidney disease.
High uric acid can cause gout attacks or kidney stones. There are medications like Allopurinol which lower uric acid levels. Check with your doctor.

In brief: Find out why

Uric acid can be high with conditions ranging from trying to lose weight to cancer or kidney disease.
High uric acid can cause gout attacks or kidney stones. There are medications like Allopurinol which lower uric acid levels. Check with your doctor.
Dr. John Weeks
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Keith Klein
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree

In brief: Uric acid

Depends on how high, if you have kidney stones or gout.
If so, then you need to take medication. If you have a diet high in organ meats such as liver, lung, heart or brain, it is recommended to change, however the typical american diet does not contain enough purines, the precursor to uric acid, to make dietary changes worth doing. If the uric acid is over 12, treatment is indicated.

In brief: Uric acid

Depends on how high, if you have kidney stones or gout.
If so, then you need to take medication. If you have a diet high in organ meats such as liver, lung, heart or brain, it is recommended to change, however the typical american diet does not contain enough purines, the precursor to uric acid, to make dietary changes worth doing. If the uric acid is over 12, treatment is indicated.
Dr. Keith Klein
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