Uric Acid Linked to Fracture Risk
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:42 PM

Older men with higher uric acid levels may be at increased risk for hip fracture, researchers reported here. In a prospective cohort study, men ages 65 and up with uric acid levels above 7 mg/dL were 62% more likely than those with lower levels to fracture a hip.

Research has shown that uric acid, a normal byproduct of cell breakdown, is affected by diet. Sugar and animal products boost uric acid levels, and its harder for kidneys to clear uric acid from blood.  "People with unhealthy dietary habits are more likely to have high uric acid levels, and people with kidney disease are more likely to have high uric acid levels."

Higher levels have been shown to increase the risk of gout and kidney stones, and recent studies have also suggested that they can contribute to high blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney disease.  The authors hypothesized that high uric acid levels may also have an impact on bone health.

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/NKF/45462