The effects of fasting in Ramadan. 1. Serum uric acid and lipid concentrations

Br J Nutr. 1978 Nov;40(3):573-81. doi: 10.1079/bjn19780161.


1. The changes in serum levels of uric acid and lipids during 1 month of starvation-refeeding were measured in sixteen male volunteers. 2. Uric acid levels increased linearly with the duration of the experiment. The increase was positively correlated with the increase in serum triglycerides but not with cholesterol or phospholipids. 3. Triglycerides increased at a faster rate than uric acid implying that the increase in uric acid was secondary to that of the lipid. 4. It was concluded that the purine and lipid synthetic pathways are linked through a common small-molecular-weight effector rather than through the sharing of a common enzyme.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Eating
  • Fasting*
  • Holidays
  • Humans
  • Islam*
  • Lipids / blood*
  • Male
  • Sudan
  • Time Factors
  • Triglycerides / blood
  • Uric Acid / blood*


  • Lipids
  • Triglycerides
  • Uric Acid