Gout happens when uric acid, a normal body waste, gets too high in the blood. In some people, high uric acid can form crystals that settle in the joints. However, not all people with a high uric acid level will get gout.
If you do have gout, your doctor will test your uric acid levels to see how well you're controlling your disease. Your doctor will tell you what uric acid level is good for you. For people with gout, a level of 6 is usually recommended. Checking uric acid levels is the way to make sure your treatments are working.