What Does Rapidly Raised Creatinine Mean for a Diabetic
Creatinine is break-down product of creatine phosphate in muscle, and is usually produced at a fairly constant rate by the body. It is chiefly filtered by kidneys which are very important organs to remove wastes and fluid from the blood. The normal levels of creatinine in the blood are approximately 0.6 to 1.2 mg/dl in adult males and 0.5-1.1 mg/dl in adult females.
As mentioned above, creatinine is chiefly filtered by kidneys. If your creatinine rise, it indicates damaged kidneys. In some cases, creatinine may rise rapidly which is very dangerous. Your kidney function may decline rapidly which is life-threatening.
What should you do after a high creatinine levels?
Firstly, you need to immediately see a doctor to confirm a diagnosis. Your doctor may order some tests for you to detect your kidney function including blood test and urine test.
Blood test and urine test are used to check kidney disease. A blood test helps to measure your GFR(glomerular filtration rate) which is a indicator of how well your kidneys work. A GFR of 60 or higher is in the normal range; A GFR below 60 may mean you have kidney disease; A GFR of 15 or lower may mean kidney failure.
A urine test looks for hihg amounts of protein or albumin, a specific type of protein. Albumin is too big to pass through a healthy kidney. If your kidneys are damaged, albumin can pass into the urine. In general, the less albumin in your urine, the better.
Diet is also very important to reduce high creatinine levels. People do not eat banana, peanut, butter etc. The diet should be low fat, low salt. You can consult your doctor and listen to his or her advice.
If your creatinine rise too high, maybe, dialysis is necessary. You can see a doctor and your doctor will give some advice on whether you need do dialysis. But the most important for you is to seek a treatment which can restore your kidneys.
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