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Uric Acid Associated With Hip Fractures

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2019 3:05:00 PM / by Isadora Guggenheim

Man driving a car and showing thumbs up We all want good working hips throughout our lifetime.  A recent study found that older men (age 65 and up) who had higher uric acid levels were 62% more likely to fracture a hip.  High uric acid levels were associated with higher rate of hip fractures in older men and not women.

Higher levels of serum uric acid had a protective bone effect in postmenopausal women. Women with low uric acid levels had a 40% increased risk for osteoporosis.  Uric acid is a normal byproduct of cell breakdown. It is influenced by diet. When patients have elevated uric acid levels they usually present with gout, kidney stones and kidney function issues. I strongly encourage them to remove all sugar, animal products and daily beer/alcohol.  

The kidneys are responsible for clearing uric acid from the bloodstream. Elevated uric acid levels inhibit a bone protein expression (1-alpha hydroxylase) and increase parathyroid hormone levels. This translates to perpetual bone break down.   

What are normal uric acid levels?  Normal range is 3.5 to 7.2.  Above 7 is of concern. What's your level of uric acid?To book an appointment or order supplements Contact Second Nature Naturopathic Care

What does the elevated uric acid patient look like? They are usually obese, prediabetic or diabetic, have elevated C-reactive protein, suboptimal kidney function, might be black, take diuretics and not in good health overall.  

Second Nature patients clean up their diets, get weekly colonics and take several nutraceuticals.  I recommend Xymogen's N.O.max ER (EP), NiaVasc 750, Methyl Protect, Vitamin D3 5000 and OSAplex MK-7 (EP). A daily shake of OptiMetabolix with OptiFiber SCFA replaces the beer or cocktail.  Patients with suboptimal kidney function take DFH's Kidney Korrect.  

Topics: Men's Health, Body Health, Women's Health

Isadora Guggenheim

Written by Isadora Guggenheim

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, FNP, RN, MS, CNS, LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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