If you are detected with high content of uric acid in the body, you could be suffering from Hyperuricemia; a condition fast becoming common in people today.
Hyperuricemia or high uric acid in the body is the root cause of several ailments such as gout, kidney stones and severe joint pains. Life gets disrupted as a result of any of these diseases and normal functioning is hampered.
When someone has Hyperuricemia; the uric acid in the body starts passing through the liver, into the bloodstream; instead of normally passing through the intestine to get excreted via urine.
Causes of Hyperuricemia:
Hyperuricemia occurs due to the following reasons:
- Under elimination of uric acid by the kidneys
- Over production of uric acid in the body.
- Increase in the levels of purines in the blood. Excess of purines get accumulated in the body tissue and form crystals.
- Some other causal factors of this ailment are health problems like: obesity, weight gain, high blood pressure or abnormal kidney function.
Indicators of Hyperuricemia:
When someone has Hyperuricemia, there are high uric acid levels reflected in the blood; much higher than the normal 2.4-6.0 mg/dL in females and 3.4-7.0 mg/dL in males.
In addition, the body also displays several distress symptoms when the blood uric acid levels go higher than 7 mg/dL; the most serious of them being kidney failure and chronic gouty arthritis or uric acid nephrolithiasis.
It is, important that people with Hyperuricemia know the correct approach to take for the outcomes of this disease, in order to mange it best.
- Consulting a renal medicine specialist or a kidney specialist is advised for people suffering from kidney failure.
- For people who develop chronic gouty arthritis due to high uric acid in blood, it is advised to consult a rheumatologist.
- For someone with symptomatic uric acid nephrolithiasis, it is best to consult a urologist.
Some lifestyle changes
Medication alone is not sufficient to manage Hyperuricemia. Major lifestyle changes are also required to get this condition under control and bring back normalcy to life. The following lifestyle changes need to be incorporated in one's daily routine if effective and long term results are desired:
- Water intake should at least be 8-10 glasses, so that the excessive uric acid is easily flushed out of the system.
- Restrict or rather avoid intake of coffee, tea and alcohol as they aggravate the condition.
- Be conscious of your weight and blood pressure and keep them under check. Increasing weight aggravates the problem. However, do not diet or fast if you have Hyperuricemia. The best way to exercise is to go for half an hour walks everyday and do mild stretching, flexing and strengthening exercises.
- Consciously avoid foods high in purines.
- It is good to be aware that certain medicines like asprin, niacin, thiazide diuretics and loop diuretics when consumed may aggravate uric acid levels. Therefore, take them under medical prescription only.
- There are several effective home remedies as well as herbal cures for Hyperuricemia. You'll be able to read about them in our up coming articles.