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Open Access Research article

The prevalence of hyperuricemia in China: a meta-analysis

Liu B1, Wang T1, Zhao HN1, Yue WW1, Yu HP1, Liu CX1, Yin J1, Jia RY1* and Nie HW2

Author Affiliations

1 Jinan Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, The Fourth People's Hospital of Jinan, Shifan Road, Jinan, 250031, China

2 Department of Public Health, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University, Sanxiang Road, Suzhou, 215000, China

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BMC Public Health 2011, 11:832  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-832

Published: 27 October 2011



The prevalence of hyperuricemia varied in different populations and it appeared to be increasing in the past decades. Recent studies suggest that hyperuricemia is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. However, there has not yet been a systematic analysis of the prevalence of hyperuricemia in China.


Epidemiological investigations on hyperuricemia in China published in journals were identified manually and on-line by using CBMDISC, Chongqing VIP database and CNKI database. Those Reported in English journals were identified using MEDLINE database. Selected studies had to describe an original study defined by strict screening and diagnostic criteria. The fixed effects model or random effects model was employed according to statistical test for homogeneity.


Fifty-nine studies were selected, the statistical information of which was collected for systematic analysis. The results showed that the pooled prevalence of hyperuricemia in male was 21.6% (95%CI: 18.9%-24.6%), but it was only 8.6% (95%CI: 8.2%-10.2%) in female. It was found that thirty years was the risk point age in male and it was fifty years in female.


The prevalence of hyperuricemia is different as the period of age and it increases after 30 years in male and 50 in female. Interventions are necessary to change the risk factors before the key age which is 30 years in male and 50 in female.