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Hyperuricaemia and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): A Relationship with Implications for Vascular Risk?

[ Vol. 9 , Issue. 6 ]

Author(s):

Niki Katsiki, Vasilios G. Athyros, Asterios Karagiannis and Dimitri P. Mikhailidis   Pages 698 - 705 ( 8 )

Abstract:


Both elevated levels of uric acid and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) have been associated with increased vascular risk. Furthermore, certain drugs (e.g. lipid and blood pressure lowering) that decrease)cardiovascular risk and improve/preserve renal function were shown to influence serum uric acid (SUA) levels and/or NAFLD. A link between hyperuricaemia and NAFLD has also been suggested. This review considers the associations between hyperuricaemia, NAFLD and vascular risk. We also discuss the effects of different drug treatments on SUA and NAFLD. As NAFLD is a very common condition, future work in this field is needed with regard to a more practical definitive diagnosis, evidence- based treatments and a better understanding of the possible links between NAFLD, elevated SUA levels, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease. Whether treating hyperuricaemia and NAFLD will translate into a reduced risk of vascular events requires further investigation.

Keywords:

Antihypertensive treatment, lipid-lowering drugs, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, uric acid, vascular risk, weightreducing agents, hyperuricaemia, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, obesity

Affiliation:

Department of Clinical Biochemistry (Vascular Disease Prevention Clinics), Royal Free Hospital Campus,University College London Medical School, University College London,Pond Street, London NW3 2QG, UK.



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