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Does Beer Affect Your Creatinine Level

My doctors have done blood work on me and says my creatinine levels are higher then before. Can this be related to drinking heavily mostly on weekends. Looking forward to your answer.

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Does Beer Affect Your Creatinine LevelHello! Thanks for your medical question on our website.

As you know, serum creatinine level is an indicator of how well your kidneys are working. Creatinine is the by-product of muscle metabolism and is discharged by the kidney as a waste. Measuring serum creatinine is a simple test and it is the most commonly used indicator of renal function. More important than absolute creatinine level is the trend of serum creatinine levels over time.

The typical human reference ranges for serum creatinine are: 0.5 to 1.1 mg/dL for female and 0.6 to 1.2 mg/dL for male.

Excessive alcohol consumption can have profound negative effects on the kidneys and their function in maintaining the body’s fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance, leaving alcoholic people vulnerable to a host of kidney related health problems.

However, alcohol intake has not been found to affect the serum creatinine levels directly. Alcohol is always in association of liver disease, like cirrhosis, which does result in hepatorenal syndrome, which is associated with elevated creatinine and BUN (blood urea nitrogen).

You might continue to work with your doctors to control conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, etc, and monitor the kidney function tests at regular intervals so that appropriate measures might be taken.

I hope this helps. You can tell me your present creatinine level, and I can give you some suggestions. Either leaving a message below or email to is OK.

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