Relationship Between Hyperuricemia and Lipid Profiles in US Adults

Biomed Res Int. 2015;2015:127596. doi: 10.1155/2015/127596. Epub 2015 Jan 5.


Background: Although the link between hyperuricemia and metabolic syndrome had been recognized, the association of the dyslipidemia among individuals with hyperuricemia remains not comprehensively assessed.

Methods: Using NHANES III study, we examined the relation between serum lipid profiles and different serum uric acid levels, including serum total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, apolipoprotein-B, lipoprotein (a), apolipoprotein AI, ratio of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol, and ratio of apolipoprotein-B to AI.

Results: After adjusting for potential confounders, average differences (95% confidence interval) comparing the top to the bottom (reference) serum uric acid were 0.29 (0.19, 0.39) mmol/L for total cholesterol, 0.33 (0.26, 0.41) mmol/L for triglycerides, 0.14 (0.01, 0.27) mmol/L for LDL cholesterol, -0.08 (-0.11, -0.05) mmol/L for HDL, and 0.09 (0.05, 0.12) g/L for serum apolipoprotein-B. Notably, ratios of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol and apolipoprotein-B to AI were also linearly associated with uric acid levels (P for trend < 0.001).

Conclusions: This study suggested that serum LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol, apolipoprotein-B levels, ratio of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol, and ratio of apolipoprotein-B to AI are strongly associated with serum uric acid levels, whereas serum HDL cholesterol levels are significantly inversely associated. In the clinical practice, the more comprehensive strategic management to deal with dyslipidemia and hyperuricemia deserves further investigation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Apolipoprotein A-I / blood
  • Apolipoproteins B / blood
  • Cholesterol, HDL / blood
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperuricemia / blood*
  • Hyperuricemia / epidemiology*
  • Lipids / blood*
  • Male
  • Triglycerides / blood
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Uric Acid / blood


  • Apolipoprotein A-I
  • Apolipoproteins B
  • Cholesterol, HDL
  • Lipids
  • Triglycerides
  • Uric Acid