Uric acid is one of the elements that are usually studied in a blood test. But what are the normal values of uric acid and why does it rise?
Uric acid is one of the values that we usually find in a routine blood test. It consists of one of the basic elements that are usually analyzed every time we carry out a blood test in order to discover how healthy we are (for example, what are our blood sugar and fat values, what is the level of transaminases). For this reason, it is always useful to keep in mind what it is and what it consists of, since it helps us to discover why its normal values in the blood can rise.
We must bear in mind that, when high uric acid values are present, it is essential to follow a low-purine diet, since it is one of the most recommended and recommended options when it comes to lowering uric acid levels in the blood.
Why? Very simple: when there is an excess of uric acid, an accumulation of uric acid crystals is produced, which in turn can cause the appearance of gout, which consists of a disease that causes pain and inflammation in the joints.
When that accumulation is severe, it can become a debilitating disorder, since the crystals accumulate in the synovial fluid, which consists of fluid present in the joints. Most often, gout primarily affects the joints of the toes, ankles, and feet in general.
What does uric acid consist of? What is it?
Uric acid is a chemical compound created by our body when purines are broken down, which substances are found in certain foods. That is, purines are substances that certain foods contain, which once they are absorbed by our body, leave uric acid as a residue or result.
In a single day the human being can produce around 500 mg. of uric acid. However, 80% of that uric acid is excreted through urine. However, when there are high values in the blood, it can give rise to the precipitation of uric acid in the joints, which can cause their inflammation and the appearance of arthritis or gout.
And what are uric acid crystals?
As we already knew in a previous article in which we explained how to eliminate uric acid crystals, uric acid crystals are the result of the accumulation or excess of uric acid in the blood.
In fact, when this excess is very high or severe, it can cause the appearance of gout, a disease that causes inflammation of the joints and can become very debilitating since the crystals accumulate in the synovial fluid (the fluid present in the joints), being very painful.
Normal uric acid values
When we do a routine blood test, it is common for uric acid to appear among the parameters that are analyzed and studied in a basic way.
Although blood uric acid values can vary from laboratory to laboratory, values between 3.0 and 7.0 mg/ld. are considered normal. In this sense, there are laboratories that consider uric acid levels between 2.4 and 6.7 mg/ld. to be equally normal.