A simple saliva test for the compound that triggers gout attacks may help to detect other diseases.
A growing body of research suggests that measuring levels of uric acid in saliva may help diagnose more than a dozen conditions, from type 2 diabetes to dementia and cancer.
We produce up to two litres of saliva a day and while it’s 99 per cent water, it also contains more than 700 micro-organisms and compounds such as uric acid. This acid is created when the body processes purines, compounds normally produced by damaged or dead cells in the body, but which are also found in some food and drink, including liver, dried beans and beer.
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