Overview of High Creatinine Level: Normal Range, Cause, Tests
Time: 2020-01-13 10:44, Tags: High Creatinine Level
Creatinine is a natural waste from your muscle metabolism and it can be found in blood and urine. Kidneys remove creatinine from your body and this is why creatinine is a indicator to tell how your kidneys work well.
What is creatinine?
Creatinine is a natural waste products from the wear and tear on your muscles. It can be found in the bloodstream in anybody. Thereby, creatinine is not “bad”, but excessive creatinine which is beyond the normal range is “bad” to your health.
What is the normal range of creatinine level?
The typical reference range for serum creatinine is 0.7-1.2milligrams per deciliter(60-110umol/L) for men, and 0.5-1.0 milligrams per deciliter (45-90) for women. However, you should know that normal level of creatinine level is not fixed, which depends on various factors, including age, body size, gender and race.
What causes high creatinine level?
Kidneys are responsible for keeping your creatinine level in a normal range. When your have a kidney problem, creatinine can build up in the blood. But excessive creatinine can also result from certain drugs, supplements, intensive exercise, high-level protein diet etc.
What other tests do i need?
Having high levels of creatinine is not life-threatening, but it may indicate some diseases, especially chronic kidney disease. But, as we mentioned above, many causes can be responsible for your high creatinine level. Thereby, you looking at how much creatinine is in your blood is not the best way to check your kidney functions. You need other tests, including GFR and urine test.
GFR, full name as glomerular filtration rate, is a routine lab. It refers to a calculation which contains your gender, age, body size and race. It is the best to way to know how well your kidneys work.
And if your GFR level is lower than 60 for over 3 months, or even higher than 60 but with other symptoms of CKD, such as foamy urine, you may have kidney disease.
By urine test, the albumin level will be found out. If your level is above 30 mg/g, it indicates a kidney damage. Having high amounts of albumin points to a higher risk of kidney disease.
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