How To Normalize Your Creatinine Level
Creatinine is an integral part of our muscles, one of its main functions is nourishing them. When it is degraded, it releases creatinine, which in turn is mainly filtered by the kidneys. Therefore, the creatinine level is an indicator of muscle mass in the body and renal function.
The blood creatinine range for men is 0.7 to 1.3mg/dL and 0.6 to 1.1 mg/dL for women. But more important than the absolute level of creatinine is the tendency of these levels for a specified period; for example: an increasing level indicates a possible kidney damage, whereas a decreasing creatinine level indicates improved renal function. This OneHowTo.com article will show you how to normalize creatinine levels.
Low levels of creatinine may be indicative of insufficient protein intake, so treatment will be focused on a diet rich in proteins:
High levels of creatinine may indicate dehydration. In this case you should increase fluid intake by taking small amounts of water gradually. When lots of water is drunk suddenly vomiting may occur due the rapid filling of the stomach. Sports drinks are also recommended because they contain abundant minerals and rehydrate your body effectively. You should avoid any drink containing caffeine.
If you need to lower creatinine levels, you should decrease the intake of the ingredients listed above, as this may be causing high level of creatinine.
Acute tubular necrosis. If this is the cause of the high levels of creatinine, the treatment to follow is:
- Prevent the excessive accumulation of fluid and debris, restrict fluid intake allow a similar amount to the volume of urine output.
- Substances that are filtered by the kidneys to minimize the work of this and prevent its accumulation in the body will decrease. For example proteins, sodium (salt) and potassium.
- Your GP will tell you if medication is necessary to lower blood potassium or diuretics to help remove fluid from your body.
Diabetic nephropathy can be another cause of high levels of creatinine, in this case you should:
- Control blood pressure levels, ensure that they do not go 130/80. One way to achieve this is with medication to be prescribed by the doctor.
- Low fat diet.
- Exercise regularly.
- Maintaining glycaemia levels in the healthy range (80-120 mg/dl).
- The most important thing to keep creatinine levels range for this disease is to keep blood pressure controlled. As with diabetic nephropathy, medication is often prescribed (captopril, enalapril, lisinopril, ramipril).
- Restrict salt intake, liquids, proteins.
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