What is creatinine?

Do you know what creatinine is? Is it important and what are its functions? Creatinine is a type of waste product made by your muscles and filtered by your kidney along with other waste products in your blood. After being filtered, this waste product is removed from your body through urine. Your creatinine levels can determine or provide inputs on how your kidneys are functioning.  

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 Creatinine levels can be measured by your medical technologist through blood tests or urine tests. If your creatinine levels are above or below the normal range, it may be an indication of a problem in your health.  

In blood creatinine test, the normal range for creatinine levels in adults is typically: 

  •  0.84 to 1.21 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) 

In a urine test, normal creatinine ranges in a 24-hour urine sample are: 

  • 955 to 2,936 milligrams per 24 hours (mg/day) for men, and
  • 601 to 1,689 milligrams per 24 hours (mg/day) for women 

Creatinine levels also vary due to several factors, such as age, sex, race, hydration, or body mass. Standard reference also varies from laboratory to laboratory. It is important that you don’t interpret your results on your own. Always let your nephrologist or urologist evaluate your results and let them explain to you your diagnosis.  

Generally, when your creatinine levels are high, your kidneys are not working well anymore. There are many probable causes of high creatinine, although some of which can be a one-time occurrence. Dehydration and intake of substantial amounts of protein are some of the reasons for high creatinine levels. Here are some of the other health conditions that can affect the kidney and can impact its proper function:  

  • Diabetes 
  • Autoimmune diseases 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Heart disease 
  • Congestive heart failure 
  • Drug toxicity 
  • Kidney infection 
  • Kidney failure 

 But having an abnormal result for your creatinine levels doesn’t necessarily mean that you have kidney disease, it could mean another medical condition, such as: 

  • You are on a diet that is high in red meat 
  • Intense exercise 
  • You are pregnancy 
  • Certain medicines that you are taking 

 You might need a creatinine test if you have these symptoms because it might be an indication of kidney disease. These symptoms can include: 

  • Fatigue 
  • Decreased appetite 
  • Puffiness around the eyes 
  • Painful and frequent urination 
  • Swelling in the feet 
  • Blood in the urine 

If you have questions about your results, always seek your healthcare provider’s opinion.

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