Wednesday, 19 December 2012

More than one in 20 Chinese at risk of gout

About 7% of Chinese people living in urban areas have high blood levels of uric acid that put them at risk of gout, a Shandong study shows. 
A study of 4,218 adults in the Jinan area found that hyperuricemia (serum uric acid ≥416 μmol/L in men and ≥357 μmol/L in women) was present in 6.4 % of men and 2.1 % of women overall. The prevalence of hyperuricemia was greater in urban (6.7 %) than in rural areas (1.7 %) of Jinan city. High uric acid levels were associated with hypertriglyceridemia and high serum creatinine level and also significantly associated with male sex, urban residence, hypertension, obesity, and hypercholesterolemia.
Source: Rheumatology International

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