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Common Questions About High Creatinine Level

2013-03-17 17:05

High creatinine level means tons of toxins in the blood and it is an typical index of kidney disease. Here are some basic information about creatinine, and hope it is helpful for you.

What is creatinine?

Creatinine is a break-down product of creatine phosphate in muscle and is normally discharged by our kidneys. This is the reason, why high creatinine level always indicates kidney problem.

What is the normal creatinine range?

Normal creatinine range differs from country to country and even area to area, but generally creatinine level ranges from 0.5 to 1.3mg/dL(53-140umol/L).

Does slightly high creatinine mean kidney disease?

High creatinine level is a typical index that help to diagnose kidney disease. However, not everyone with high creatinine level is definitely suffering from kidney disease. For these with slightly high creatineine level, they may have no kidney problem at all. The factors that can affect creatinine level are:

1. Improper diet: Eating lots of meat before the test may result in the slight high creatinine level. Therefore, please make sure do not eat too much meat before the test.

2. Drastic physical exercises: creatinine level is related with our muscle mass and also you may found you have slight high creatinine level after doing drastic physical exercises.

3. Medications: some medications also can cause high creatinine level.

4. Creatine supplement: if you are taking creatine supplement, I suggest you to measure your creatinine level again after stoping creatine supplement for a period of time, because creatine supplements can cause high creatinine level.

How to lower creatinine level in kidney disease?

Usually, dialysis or kidney transplant is needed when creatinine level increases to 5, so if you want to get far away from dialysis and kidney transplant, lowering creatinine level is very necessary. In kidney disease, decreased kidney function is the root cause of high creatinine level, so improving kidney condition will help you lower your creatinine level fundamentally. Besides, high creatinine level means serious kidney problem, in such a case, kidney can not bear heavy burden, so to receive better treatment effects, aside from medical treatment, following low-protein diet, low-salt diet and low-phosphorus diet is very necessary.

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