Uric acid is produced in the body. WebMD explains that our bodies create uric acid from the foods we eat and with the natural breakdown of our body’s cells. Most of this uric acid is filtered out by the kidneys and excreted in the urine, but sometimes the kidneys are unable to remove it from the blood normally, and this increases the level of uric acid in the blood.
High levels of uric acid can lead to serious conditions like gout, kidney stones or even kidney failure. Luckily, a simple blood test can determine if your blood uric acid levels are within a normal range. WebMD says you might undergo a uric acid blood test to determine:
– If you have gout
– If your kidney stones are caused by high uric acid levels
– How much uric acid is in your blood, if you are a cancer patient undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, which can cause increased uric acid levels.
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