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At What Creatinine Level Should Dialysis Start

I have both diabetes and kidney cysts. Now, my creatinine level is 2.3. At what creatinine level should dialysis start?

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At What Creatinine Level Should Dialysis StartAfter analyzing your condition, we can know your diabetes and kidney cysts must have caused severe kidney damage. This is because blood creatinine level usually won’t be higher than the normal value (0.5-1.1 mg/dl for male, 0.6-1.2mg/dl for female) until more than half of kidney function is lost.

When the creatinine level is lower than 5.0mg/dl, diet modifications and medicines are enough to control your creatinine level. If the creatinine level is higher than this value, dialysis may be recommended to start. Besides, GFR and complications can also affect the time that dialysis starts.

At this time, the thing we need to pay more attention is to avoid or at least delay dialysis. To achieve this, well control of your high blood sugar, shrinking your kidney cyst, and improving kidney function all are essential.

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