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    What Are the Implications of Elevated Creatinine Level

    2015-06-16 11:05| Font Size A A A

    What Are the Implications of Elevated Creatinine LevelSince creatinine level is a dominant index used to reflect renal function and decide whether patients should start dialysis or not, so many patients with high creatinine level worry that they have kidney damage. Well then, what are the implications of elevated creatinine level?

    What is normal creatinine?

    Creatinine is a chemical waste molecule that is generated from muscle metabolism and metabolism of meat products. Therefore, people with lots of muscles or who eat lots of meat always have a relatively high creatinine level. But it is usually fluctuates in the normal range: 0.5-1.1mg/dl for females and 0.6-1.2mg/dl for males.

    What are the implications of elevated creatinine level?

    Serum creatinine level is kept in a stable range by our kidneys which can help to discharge excess creatinne, so kidney plats a crucial role for a normal serum creatinine level. For people with kidney failure, their kidneys function is affected seriously and kidneys fail to remove excess creatinine. As a result of which, high serum creatinine level occurs. Usually, the poorer the kidney function, the higher the creatinine level. Therefore, serum creatinine can help to measure kidney function to some extent.

    In addition, aside from kidney damage, many conditions can cause slightly high creatinine level like improper diet, drastic physical exercises before the test, creatine supplement and some medications and so on. Under such a condition, patients need to do a test again to found out whether they are suffer from kidney problems.

    Through the above analysis, we can see that not all high creatinine levels indicate kidney damage. Therefore, it is important to find out the underlying causes of high creatinine level. Any questions, please talk with our Online Doctor or submit your illness condition in the form below. And we will do our best to help you.


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