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Uric acid test

The uric acid test can help determine how well your body produces and removes uric acid. High levels of uric acid are associated with a type of inflammatory arthritis known as Gout.

Uric acid test

Includes a blood test for uric acid to determine how efficiently your body produces and removes it. It can help indicate gout risk.

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Uric acid test

High levels of uric acid (a waste product from the digestion of protein) are associated with a condition called Gout where excess uric acid can crystallise in your joints, causing sudden and severe pain, swelling and tenderness.  Attacks will often start in your big toe, but can also affect your ankles, wrists, knees, fingers and elbows.  Attacks may last from a few hours to a few weeks. Although acute attacks from gout will often subside on their own, if left untreated gout can lead to serious joint damage and very extreme pain. The uric acid test can help determine how well your body produces and removes uric acid but alone it cannot confirm the presence of gout. If your reading is high you will likely require additional testing (e.g. testing your monosodium urate levels) to confirm the condition.

Doctor Cullimore says “Gout is one of the most common forms of arthritis, affecting around 1 in 40 of us in the UK.  Although it can affect anybody, if you are overweight, have diabetes, high blood pressure or consume too much alcohol, meat and seafood, you are particularly at risk.  In most cases gout can be managed through lifestyle and dietary changes.  But in rarer cases, a GP may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to help control the condition.”

You’ll also receive other relevant readings including glucose, protein and cholesterol to help put your result into the proper context.

All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.

Which readings are included?

Uric acid is produced when your body digests food containing purines. High levels of uric acid can indicate gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis which causes swelling of the joints. Low levels of uric acid can be a symptom of kidney or liver disease. You should be aware that alcohol and high levels of vitamin C can affect your test results.
This includes tests for calcium, corrected calcium and phosphate. Calcium is essential for healthy bone and muscle function. Phosphates are important for energy production, muscle and nerve function.
Your general health markers include Albumin, Globulin, Protein and Iron. Abnormal levels of any of these can indicate liver and kidney disorders. Additionally, iron deficiency may indicate anaemia or an underlying problem with your stomach, bowel or kidneys.
This type 2 diabetes check measures the level of glucose in your blood. Around half a million people in the UK have undiagnosed diabetes, and although it increases your risk of developing serious illnesses including cancer and heart disease, in many cases the condition can be treated or even reversed through diet and lifestyle changes.
You'll receive 5 key readings including LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) or “bad” cholesterol, HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) or “good” cholesterol, Triglycerides, Total cholesterol and HDL/total cholesterol ratio. Together, these readings are used to determine whether your cholesterol is too high. High cholesterol can dramatically increase your risk of serious health conditions like heart attack, stroke, peripheral arterial disease and atherosclerosis. Over 50% of UK adults have high cholesterol.
This includes tests for Sodium, Urea and Creatinine. Abnormal levels can indicate impaired kidney function and fluid imbalance in your body. You’ll also get a reading for your eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate), used to ascertain how efficiently and effectively your kidneys are working.
This includes tests for Aspartate Transferase (AST), Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT), Alkaline Phosphate (ALP), Gamma GT and Bilirubin. These enzymes are found in the liver and other vital organs. Levels of these enzymes are a common measure of your overall liver health and function. Abnormal levels can help indicate a range of health conditions including liver damage, bone disorders, blood disorders and jaundice.

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