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    What Is eGFR Level and What Causes to Be Low

    2015-01-26 02:54| Font Size A A A

    What Is eGFR Level and What Causes to Be LoweGFR is estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate, is the best test to measure your level of kidney function and determine your stage of kidney disease. The doctors can calculate it from the results of your blood creatinine test, your age, body size and gender.

    Now, let’s have a look at the overview of eGFR.

    As I said at the beginning, glomerular filtration rate is a test used to check how well the kidneys are working, specifically, it estimates how much blood passes through the glomerlui each minute. Normal GFR is approximately 100ml/min but you will often see it reported as more than 90 or more than 60. Actually, if you GFR is at 90 or above, your kidney function is normal. If your GFR is between 60-90, even though there is a moderated kidney function, kidneys still can do their normal job due to its strong compensatory abilities. However, when a GFR below 60 for three months, it may indicate chronic kidney disease that kidney function is so poor that patients will suffer from various symptoms or even complications. According to its level, Chronic Kidney Disease is divided into five stages, and you can see the different kidney damage degrees.

    Then, what causes to be lower GFR?

    There are about one million nephrons in kidney, which are in charge of kidney’s filtration function. For patients with chronic kidney disease, the kidney disease itself can damage the nephrons, which will reduce the filtered blood from the kidneys, and that will cause that they have a low GFR.

    In addition, a long-term high blood pressure and Diabetes also can damage the normal kidney tissues which can cause low real function. If you want to find the underlying causes of GFR, you can send your illness condition to ckdstage@hotmail.com or leave a message below directly. And according to your illness condition, we will introduce personalized treatment for your reference.


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