Gout is a painful condition affecting muscles and joints. It is relatively common and can affect up to 25% of western populations during their lifetime.
Elevated levels of Uric Acid, also known as Urate can crystallise in sold tissue around joints and also in the fluid lubricating joints leading to painful inflammation and eventually arthritis.
Until now the diagnosis of gout has depended on hospital laboratory whole blood analysis, but there is now a hand held digital uric acid meter available giving doctors and patients the ability to test a tiny finger prick sample of blood accurately for uric acid levels.
The digital uric acid meter is distributed by Valuemed in the UK and also tests cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The uric acid meter kit is supplied with a comprehensive easy to follow manual and separate test strips for Uric Acid, cholesterol and glucose. lancets and an auto lancing device also come with the starter pack. the lancing device is a sprung auto-lancer, so taking a finger prick sample is automated for any one who may be squeamish about needles.
Testing for gout and monitoring levels during an attack or between episodes is now available as a home test option for thousands of patients affected by this condition. The Easylife uric acid meter is also certified for clinical use by doctors, so it is expected to also find a use in out patient departments and casualty departments where it will come into its own during out of hours consultations, where access to lab services are further restricted.
The price for the 3 in 1 meter is expected to be below £40 and the refill packs of Easylife gout meter test strips well below £1 per test, with the glucose option expected to be even cheaper per test.