Significance of Uric Acid in the blood

The end product of purine (DNA) metabolism is uric acid. This end product is normally excreted through urine. One of the reasons doctors request for a uric acid blood test is to determine the function of the kidneys.

High levels of uric acid in the blood may indicate gout, kidney disease, high protein diets, or alcoholism. Low levels, on the other hand, may imply a liver damage, low-purine diet, or malabsorption.

If you have increased level of uric acid in your blood, you should not conclude that you have kidney disease or liver damage. Instead, you should consult your physician to tackle the reason of the abnormal level of uric acid in your blood.

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