Go For Six
Encourage patients to know their serum uric acid number to help keep gout and other serious health issues at bay.
Gout is a disease of urate burden, resulting from years of hyperuricemia, in which a patient’s uric acid level is greater than 6.8 mg/dL. Today, more than 8.3 million Americans are living with gout – a number that has increased sevenfold over the past five decades. Unfortunately, just 10 percent of gout sufferers are getting needed, ongoing treatment.
Untreated gout and hyperuricemia can lead to serious health consequences and comorbid conditions, including permanent joint and tissue damage, renal disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Through the new “Go for Six” campaign, the Gout & Uric Acid Education Society is raising public awareness about the importance of knowing serum uric acid (sUA) levels – and setting a goal to keep levels to 6.0 mg/dL or below.
The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society recommends that all patients work closely with their physicians to have sUA levels checked every six months and determine any medications or lifestyle changes that may need to take place in order to help keep sUA levels within a normal range. As a physician, you can determine an appropriate, target sUA level based on each patient’s situation. While the American College of Rheumatology guidelines 6.0 mg/dL or below as a benchmark, in advanced cases of gout and hyperuricemia, sUA levels should typically be around 5.0, 4.0 or even 3.0 mg/dL.
Maintaining a healthy sUA level of 6 mg/dL or below is vital to minimizing risk for gout.
Like other healthy benchmark numbers for blood pressure, heart rate, cholesterol and blood sugar, this one is important, too. While sUA testing is not a part of the standard blood panel today, it is critical for those who have or who are at risk for gout.
Healthy Benchmark Numbers
When it comes to gout and uric acid, the number to shoot for is 6 mg/dL or below – but make sure your patients are keeping track of these other healthy benchmarks, too!
- Blood Pressure 130/80 or less (140/90 or higher = hypertension)
- Blood Sugar 100 mg/dL or below (fasting)
- Cholesterol 200 mg/dL or below
- HDL (Good) Cholesterol 40-60 mg/dL (the higher the better)
- LDL (Bad) Cholesterol 130 mg/dL or below
- Heart Rate 60-100 beats/minute