Monday, April 23, 2012

Online Health Expert Medical News Flash: Journal of American Geriatrics Society Article - Family History of Exceptional Longevity is Associated with Lower Serum Uric Acid (UA) Levels in Ashkenazi Jews.

A Cross-sectional Cohort Study (Longevity Genes Project at Albert Einstein College of Medicine) examined the levels of Serum Uric Acid (UA), estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR), prevalence of Hyperuricemia and Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Stages among Long Living Individuals (LLI ) of Ashkenazi  Jewish descent (mean age 97.7 years) and their offsprings (mean age 68.2 years) and compared those with controls (No Family History of Longevity, mean age 72.5 years).

The study found that Offspring of LLI had lower Uric Acid (UA) levels than Controls (No Family History of Longevity) despite similar Renal Funtion suggesting that lower UA levels are associated with Longevity. It is an important association as the Serum Uric Acid levels are modifiable with Diet and Drugs.

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Dr. Harish Malik.