If you have any form of kidney disease you must have your Uric Acid levels tested.
What is Uric Acid?
Uric acid is produced from the breakdown of your body’s cells and from the foods you eat. Most of the uric acid in your body is filtered out by the kidneys and excreted through your urine. If too much uric acid is being produced or if the kidneys are not able to remove it from the blood normally, which often happens in kidney disease, the level of uric acid in the blood increases. This uric acid in the blood increases and causes further damage to parts of your body, especially your kidneys.
Even though this information has been out for years I find most medical doctors don’t test for it or even know much about it. Hopefully, as more research comes out it will become standard practice.
For now, you need to check your blood work or ask your doctor to test for Uric Acid, because high amounts have been found to speed up kidney disease. So, if you have mild kidney damage and high uric acid you can progressive quicker to moderate kidney damage and severe kidney damage if you don’t address it.
A uric acid blood test, also known as a serum uric acid measurement, determines how much uric acid is present in your blood. The test can help determine how well your body produces and removes uric acid
A study published in November 2017 in PLOS One found that uric acid-lowering therapy improved renal outcomes and lowered the risk of cardiovascular (CV) events in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
Here is what you need to do …
- Make sure you have a test for uric acid. Don’t just rely on your symptoms, because a large number of CKD sufferers with elevated uric acid never experiences the symptoms.
- If your uric acid is elevated begin one of the uric acid lowering medications. So, far it looks like the safest one for kidney disease is Uloric or generic name febuxostat.
- The reason I recommend a medication for elevated uric acid in chronic kidney disease is because it works with little to no side effects. Natural therapies haven’t shown effective yet in lowering uric acid in people dealing with kidney disease. I personally haven’t seen any natural Uric acid therapies have been proven to work in the thousands of kidney disease sufferers I’ve worked with.