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Is Creatinine 2.5 Serious And How to Lower It

2012-12-04 15:48

All patients with kidney disease are familiar with creatine level. When it is higher than normal level, it indicates kidney damage. What does creatinine 2.5 mean? Is is serious?

Creatinine is the byproduct of muscle and normally is filtered out of body by kidneys. Therefore, the creatinine can keep at a constant level in right condition. However, in kidney disease, if the nephrons are impaired extensively, the kidneys will fail to remove the metabolic wastes from body adequately, thus resulting in high creatinine level.

However, most of the patients with kidney disease may not know creatinine level is not a very sensitive index in measuring renal function at all. For powerful compensatory capacity of kidneys, creatinine level does not increase until more than half of renal function is lost. The following are the reference values of normal creatinine level. Compared with them, you will know whether creatinine 2.5 is serious or not.

Male: 0.6 mg/dl

Female: 0.5~1.0 mg/dl

Infants: 0.2 mg/dl or higher

Person with one kidney: 1.8~1.9 mg/dl

As creatinine 2.5 mg/dl is twice as high as the normal level, it proves that far more than half of renal function has been lost.

However, many patients confuse the relationship between kidney damage and creatinine. They think that creatinine is the cause of kidney disease. Therefore, if creatinine is reduced, the disease will recover.

In fact, they reverse the reasons and outcome completely. Creatinine itself is not toxic at all and it is just a sign of kidney damage severity. Reducing creatinine level should not be the treatment goal. As creatinine results from reduced renal function, the treatment goal should be restoring impaired kidney structure and improving renal function. If the kidneys are restored very well and recover the filtering function, the accumulated toxins and creatinine will be filtered by kidneys gradually. Thereby, creatinine level will reduce completely.

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