Hyperuricemia may be strongly associated with CKD in African Americans.


The finding comes from a longitudinal epidemiologic study of risk factors and causes of CVD in African Americans living in Jackson, Miss. Researchers analyzed data on 3,417 participants (mean age 54.8 years). Compared with patients without hyperuricemia, those with the condition were twice as likely to have CKD, independent of the traditionally risk factors of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

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The researchers, from Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, defined hyperuricemia as a serum uric acid level greater than 6.5 mg/dL in men and greater than 6.0 mg/dL in women.