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Association between serum uric acid levels and cardiovascular risk among university workers from the State of Mexico: a nested case–control study

Patricia Cerecero1*, Bernardo Hernández-Prado23, Edgar Denova1, Roxana Valdés4, Gilberto Vázquez1, Eneida Camarillo1 and Gerardo Huitrón1

Author Affiliations

1 Centro de Investigación en Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Toluca, México

2 Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

3 Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México

4 Centro de Investigación y Estudios de Posgrado en Ciencias de la Salud Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Toluca, México

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BMC Public Health 2013, 13:415  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-415

Published: 1 May 2013



Recent evidence suggests that serum uric acid (SUA) can be an inexpensive and easy-to-obtain indicator of cardiovascular risk (CR). This is especially important in developing countries with high prevalence of cardiovascular disease. We examined the association between SUA levels and 10-year global CR among university workers from the State of Mexico, Mexico.


A case–control study nested within a cohort was conducted between 2004 and 2006. Anthropometric measures, lifestyle variables, family background and CR factors were assessed. The analysis estimated odds ratios using conditional logistic regression.


The study included 319 cases with CR and 638 controls. Subjects in the upper tertile of SUA had 48.0% higher odds of having an elevated CR than those in the lower tertile (OR = 1.48, 95% CI: 1.04 - 2.10) in the crude analysis, but the association was non-significant when adjusting for other covariates. Among physically inactive individuals, being in the third tertile of SUA doubled the odds of high CR, compared with those who perform physical activity three or more hours per week being in the first tertile of SUA (OR = 2.35, 95% CI: 1.24 - 4.45).


Serum concentration of uric acid is associated with 10-year global CR among individuals with high levels of physical inactivity.

Uric acid; Cardiovascular diseases; Risk factors; Mexico