PURPOSE Long-term effects of a low-dose hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) with losartan (LOS) on uric acid (UA) metabolism as well as glucose metabolism have been studied in hypertensive patients in comparison with those of a low-dose HCTZ with telmisartan (TEL). METHOD Fifty-nine hypertensive patients were allocated to a combination therapy with either losartan (50 mg/day)/HCTZ (12.5 mg/day) (LOS + HCTZ group: n = 37) or telmisartan (40 mg/day)/HCTZ (12.5 mg/day) (TEL + HCTZ group: n = 22), respectively. Before and 1 year after the treatment, blood pressure and biochemical parameters of blood and urine were evaluated. RESULTS Both systolic and diastolic blood pressures significantly decreased in two groups, without any statistical differences among them. LOS + HCTZ caused no changes in the serum UA level or the ratio of UA clearance to creatinine clearance (CUA/Ccr), whereas TEL + HCTZ significantly increased the serum UA level and reduced CUA/Ccr. LOS + HCTZ did not influence CUA/Ccr in patients with their serum UA below 5.4 mg/dl, while LOS + HCTZ significantly increased CUA/Ccr in patients with their serum UA above 5.5 mg/dl. TEL + HCTZ significantly reduced CUA/Ccr in patients with their serum UA below and above 5.4 mg/dl to increase serum UA level significantly. Neither combination therapies caused any changes in fasting plasma glucose, HbA1c and HOMA-R. In patients with their serum UA level above 5.4 mg/dl, TEL + HCTZ increased HOMA-R, whereas LOS + HCTZ did not. CONCLUSIONS LOS + HCTZ did not influence UA metabolism as well as glucose metabolism, likely because of inhibitory action of losartan on URAT1, although TEL + HCTZ were accompanied with impairment of the UA metabolism and glucose metabolism.