The high prevalence of hyperuricaemia in a Polynesion population

Livia Jackson, R. Taylor, Sunny Whitehouse, P. Zimmet

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The overall prevalence of hyperuricaemia (raised serum uric acid) in the isolated Polynesian population of Funafuti, aged 20 years and over, was found to be 34.1 percent. The prevalence for males was 32.3 percent and for females 35.7 percent. Despite this high prevalence of hyperuricaemia, no cases of gout were identified. Although hyperuricaemia is not uncommon in Polynesian populations, and probably genetic in origin, the absence of gout is unusual and supports the theory that certain environmental influences in the “modern” way of life are necessary precipitating factors of arthritis in those with hyperuricaemia. 1980 Public Health Association of Australia

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-179
Number of pages5
JournalCommunity Health Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1980
Externally publishedYes

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