The serum uric acid and related cardiovascular risk factors in south Taiwan.Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health 2005; 36(1):259-64SA
Hyperuricemia has been shown to be related to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Uric acid is a metabolic product synthesized from nucleic acids, amino acids and the Krebs cycle, reflecting a multiple metabolic associations in humans. The relation between uric acid and various cardiovascular metabolic parameters in Asians has rarely been reported on. In this study, we report the relationship between uric acid and various cardiovascular risk factors in 1,027 healthy Taiwanese adults living in Alien, an agricultural town in subtropical South Taiwan. Serum uric acid levels increased in proportion to age in women, but not in men. There were age and gender-specific correlations between uric acid and various cardiovascular metabolic parameters. Triglycerides and creatinine levels were two independent factors predicting serum uric acid levels in men, while only creatinine predicted uric acid levels in women of all age groups. Processes that influence the metabolism of uric acid and its association with other metabolic parameters differs by gender and age.