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What Do High Creatinine Levels Mean?
WHAT TO KNOW:
High creatinine levels can be a sign to focus on your kidney health. While permanent kidney damage can’t be reversed, careful management can help slow the progression of any further kidney damage.
Creatinine and GFR
What are the symptoms of high creatinine levels?
What can I do about high creatinine?
If you have a kidney condition and high creatinine levels, it’s important to take them seriously and take steps to protect your kidney health. Here are some things your doctor may recommend:
- Follow a healthy lifestyle.
- Make changes to your diet to avoid stress on your kidneys.
- Cut back on strenuous exercise.
- Avoid creatine supplements.
- Discuss any medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter medicine.
To help prevent damage to your kidneys, it’s also important that you manage any other health conditions that can affect kidney function, like high blood pressure or diabetes. If you’re diagnosed with CKD, your doctor may also prescribe medications. If your tests indicate kidney failure, your doctor will talk to you about treatment options, like transplant or dialysis.
TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT CREATININE LEVELS
If your lab tests have shown high creatinine levels, discuss your results with your care team. You may need to repeat your creatinine blood test and undergo further testing to help determine your high creatinine causes. Taking action as soon as possible will help you feel better and take control of your health.
High creatinine and protein
- If you’re not on dialysis: be careful not to get too much protein in your diet. Remember, the body uses creatine in muscle metabolism, and that creatine becomes a waste product of that process. Protein fuels that process, which means that too much of it will create extra creatinine and other wastes. If your kidneys aren’t working well to filter toxins and waste, you don’t want to add to their burden. Talk to your doctor about how much protein you should be getting in your diet.
- If you’re already on dialysis: your body may actually need more protein. Dialysis removes amino acids that are the building blocks of albumin, a protein that’s vital to your health, so you may need to eat more protein to replace it. Your doctor and renal dietician will prescribe the right amount and types of foods and drinks for your best health—and help you create a diet that best fits your health needs.