Elevated Uric Acid Levels May Forewarn Dementia Risks
January 20, 2007
A study of almost 100 seniors showed that those with uric acid levels at the higher end of the normal range had lower scores on tests of mental processing speed, verbal memory and working memory.
High uric acid levels (5.8-7.6 mg/dL for men and 4.8-7.1 mg/dL for women) were associated with cognitive problems even after age, sex, weight, race, education, and other factors were taken into account.Uric acid levels increase with age for largely unknown reasons. Higher uric acid levels have been linked with other risk factors for dementia, such as high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, and type 2 diabetes.