Uric Acid Test
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About Our Uric Acid Test
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
This blood test measures uric acid levels. Uric acid measurements are useful in the diagnosis and treatment of gout, renal failure, and a variety of other disorders including psoriasis, starvation, and other wasting conditions. Uric acid is a chemical compound that is created when the body breaks down purine compounds.
Purines and uric acid are found in some high-protein foods and some drinks:
- Organ meats; Liver, Kidney
- Anchovies, Sardines, Mackerel, Herring
- Dried beans/peas
Most uric acid dissolves in blood and travels to the kidneys to be filtered into the urine. If your body produces too much uric acid and/or doesn't remove enough if it, you can become ill. Hyperuricemia is a condition in which there is a high level of uric acid in the blood.