Uric acid levels represent the end product of protein utilization in the liver. The kidneys store and excrete approximately 2/3 of the uric acid produced daily, making it an indirect marker of renal function. The remaining uric acid is excreted in the stool. Elevated uric acid levels may cause gout and kidney stones if the uric acid cannot be eliminated efficiently. Gout is a condition where uric acid crystals accumulate in tissues, especially the great toe. Over ¾ of persons with heart disease and elevated triglycerides will also have elevated uric acid levels. Other conditions associated with elevated levels of uric acid are diabetes, congestive heart failure, stress, thyroid dysfunction and toxic levels of lead. A decreased level of uric acid is associated with a B12 deficiency and a copper deficiency.
Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.
Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.