In The News: August 2011

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People with hyperuricemia-an abnormally high level of uric acid in the blood that can lead to gout-may be at increased risk for high blood pressure. Although it has long been known that people with high levels of uric acid can also have high blood pressure, it is unknown if one condition precedes the other. Researchers at Boston Medical Center analyzed 18 studies comprising 55,607 participants and found that those with hyperuricemia were more than 40 percent likely to later develop high blood pressure. Women with the highest uric acid levels and those who develop high levels of uric acid at a relatively young age were found to be especially at risk for developing high blood pressure.
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