Health experts have been advising people to avoid high uric acid foods, which can lead to serious health issues like heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, and many others. A high level of uric acid in the body has become quite a common issue now these days. An increased level of uric acid can lead to many health conditions including gout, which is a kind of arthritis triggered by the build-up of uric acid crystals. Kidney stones and kidney failure as well are caused by a high level of uric acid. Experts have said that the levels of uric acid in the body can be determined by a simple blood test. A new study has found that along with causing multiple health issues, high levels of uric acid can lessen the life expectancy of a person by 11 years. The study has been published in the European Journal of Internal Medicine.
The new research has been done by scientists from the University of Limerick’s School of Medicine. The team of experts has observed the data of 26525 people who have been identified with high levels of uric acid in their bloodstream. Scientists have found some astounding facts after analyzing the data. Experts have said that the survival curve of men and women with higher levels of uric acid has been quite different. Experts have been surprised to see that the median life span has been reduced by an average of 9.5 years for men with low levels of uric acid, which is less than 238 micromole/L. At the same time, the median survival has been reduced by 11.7 years for men who have high levels of uric acid, which is higher than 535 micromole/L. On the other hand, the lead author of the study Dr. Leonard Borwne has said that life expectancy has been reduced by 6 years for women who have greater levels of uric acid in the body as compared to those women who have levels of uric acid in the normal range.
Considering the new findings, health experts have said that this issue needs to be addressed properly with apt medications. They have advised people to make some lifestyle changes as well to keep the level of uric acid-stable. They have said a healthy diet plays an important role in maintaining normal levels of uric acid in the blood. Experts have advised that people who have been dealing with this condition should give away a purine-rich diet. Purine is a chemical ingredient, which splits into uric acid during digestion.