Creatinine level is often taken as an indicator to reflect how well your kidneys are functioning. And in recent years, more and more people have found their creatinine level is higher than the normal range. Here is the question: does 1.57 creatininie level mean serious kidney failure?
To be frank, high creatinine level is always associated with severe kidney damage, because the healthy kidney is responsible to keep creatinine within the normal range. But simple creatinine level is not enough to correctly show your kidney function. The GFR (glomerular filtration rate) is the common way to measure kidney function and figure out one’s stage of kidney disease. In the clinical trials, creatinine clearance is always effected by some factors, such as gender, age, and muscle volume. Creatinine is a waste product metabolized by the muscle. As usual, the kidneys remove creatinine from the blood. Along with kidney function slows, creatinine will build up in the blood. In general, the normal range of creatinine level is 0.5-1.1mg/dl for female and 0.6-1.2mg/dl for male. (Of course, different countries have different indexes). Compared to normal range, we can see that 1.57 creatinine level is a little higher and it may imply that there is something wrong with your kidneys.
Whether creatinine 1.57 means serious kidney failure or not need to depend on patients’ age, gender and symptoms. For example, a 77-year old patient with 1.57 creatinine, his GFR is 43ml/min and he is in stage 3 kidney disease,which has a moderate kidney damage.
Actually, since our kidney has a strong compensatory ability, half of renal function can guarantee our body’s normal work. Therefore, when your creatinine level is higher than the normal range, it means that you have at least lost half of renal function. Therefore, you should pay more attention to your kidney health and physical health.
Of course, high creatinine level does not always mean kidney damage. It can also caused by other causes such as strenuous exercises, high protein intake, dehydration and so on. Only finding the underlying cause of high creatinine level, can you find out the effective treatment timely and reduce it effectively. If there is anything that you do not understand, please mail us to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message below and we will do what we can help you.
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