In his newest book, neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter tells us how measuring uric acid—commonly measured in screening bloodwork but previously viewed as nothing more than a risk factor for gout and kidney stones—is actually a powerful index and determinant of metabolic health.
Dr. Perlmutter describes how several genetic mutations that we have acquired over many generations have made humans especially efficient at storing fat, a characteristic that increased survival during periods of unreliable food availability. But, in a modern world in which food availability for most of us is no longer threatened, higher levels of uric acid virtually guarantee becoming overweight or obese.
It is an enlightening conversation that will cast new light on some questions that were previously unanswered.
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