April 25, 1966

Serum Uric Acid and Obesity in Hawaiians

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle (Drs. Healey, Caner, and Decker), and the Hawaii Cardiovascular Study, the Queen's Hospital, Honolulu (Dr. Bassett). Dr. Decker is now at the Arthritis and Rheumatism Branch, National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, Bethesda, Md.

JAMA. 1966;196(4):364-365. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100170106039

HYPERURICEMIA in the Maori of New Zealand has been described. Obesity, diabetes, and ischemic heart disease were also noted to be very prevalent in these Polynesian people.1 Another Polynesian group, the Hawaiians, also have a high rate of obesity,2 ischemic heart disease,3 and diabetes.4 In view of the reported relation of hyperuricemia to obesity,5 ischemic heart disease,6 and diabetes,7 it was thought that the Hawaiians would show elevated uric acid levels similar to the Maori.

This study reports the finding of a normal mean serum uric acid (SUA) level in a group of Hawaiian men. Body build and serum lipids were also measured and are discussed in relation to the uric acid.

Materials and Methods  The sample consisted of 49 pure Hawaiian, adult men. It was limited to adult men to avoid the known variations in SUA levels related to puberty and menopause.

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