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Does High Creatinine Level Always Mean Kidney Disease

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Creatinine level is one of the factors used to evaluate kidney function. High creatinine level is always considered as a sign of kidney disease. Then does high creatinine level always mean kidney disease?

What are the relationships between creatinine and kidney?

In clinic, creatinine level is used to be the evaluator of kidney function. Creatinine is one of the metabolic waste of muscle. It will be kept in a certain rang of 0.5-1.2 mg/dl, because kidneys will filter the extra creatinine in blood. When kidneys are damaged, the creatinine level will accumulate in blood, causing high creatinine level. On the contrary, does high creatinine level always refers to kidney disease?

Does high creatinine level always mean kidney disease?

Since creatinine is the by-product of muscle. Its level is affected by many factors. If you take too much meat, creatinine level will be elevated. Intense exercise will increase creatinine level too. But high creatinine level caused by the two reasons will return to normal after several days. However, if the high creatinine level lasts for a long time, it always mean that you are attacked by kidney disease.

Does creatinine level indicate the stage of kidney disease you are in ?

Though many patients with kidney disease are suffering from high creatinine level, it is hard to detect what stage they are in only according to creatinine level. Many other factors are involved. Some patients’ creatinine level is very high at the early stage of kidney disease, but some are not that high even if they are in kidney failure. So if you want to know the exact stage of your disease, you need an overall examination.

Through this passage, you have learned that high creatinine level not always mean kidney disease. So if you are diagnosed with high creatinine level, you need further detect to make clear what is the cause and take corresponding treatment. If you have follow-up questions, you can send me an email to for a reply.

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