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MedicineNet: WHAT IS CREATININE:
- Creatinine is a chemical waste molecule that is generated from muscle metabolism.
- Creatinine is produced from creatine, a molecule of major importance for energy production in muscles.
- Approximately 2% of the body’s creatine is converted to creatinine every day.
- Creatinine is transported through the bloodstream to the kidneys. The kidneys filter out most of the creatinine and dispose of it in the urine.
- Because the muscle mass in the body is relatively constant from day to day, the creatinine production normally remains essentially unchanged on a daily basis.
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WHY ARE BLOOD CREATININE LEVELS CHECKED?
The kidneys maintain the blood creatinine in a normal range. Creatinine has been found to be a fairly reliable indicator of kidney function. Elevated creatinine level signifies impaired kidney function or kidney disease.
As the kidneys become impaired for any reason, the creatinine level in the blood will rise due to poor clearance of creatinine by the kidneys. Abnormally high levels of creatinine thus warn of possible malfunction or failure of the kidneys. It is for this reason that standard blood tests routinely check the amount of creatinine in the blood.
A more precise measure of the kidney function can be estimated by calculating how much creatinine is cleared from the body by the kidneys. This is referred to as creatinine clearance and it estimates the rate of filtration by kidneys (glomerular filtration rate, or GFR). The creatinine clearance can be measured in two ways. It can be calculated (estimated) by a formula using serum (blood) creatinine level, patient’s weight, and age. The formula is 140 minus the patient’s age in years times their weight in kilograms (times 0.85 for women), divided by 72 times the serum creatinine level in mg/dL. Creatinine clearance can also be more directly measured by collecting a 24-hour urine sample and then drawing a blood sample. The creatinine levels in both urine and blood are determined and compared. Normal creatinine clearance for healthy women is 88-128 mL/min. and 97 to 137 mL/min. in males (normal levels may vary slightly between labs).
Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level is another indicator of kidney function. Urea is also a metabolic byproduct which can build up if kidney function is impaired. The BUN-to-creatinine ratio generally provides more precise information about kidney function and its possible underlying cause compared with creatinine level alone. BUN also increases with dehydration.
WHAT CAUSES ELEVATED (HIGH) CREATININE LEVELS IN THE BLOOD?
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Any condition that impairs the function of the kidneys is likely to raise the creatinine level in the blood. It is important to recognize whether the process leading to kidney dysfunction (kidney failure, azotemia) is longstanding or recent. Recent elevations may be more easily treated and reversed.
The most common causes of longstanding (chronic) kidney disease in adults are
Other causes of elevated blood creatinine levels are:
- Certain drugs (for example,cimetidine[Bactrim]) can sometimes cause abnormally elevated creatinine levels.
- Serum creatinine can also transiently increase after ingestion of a large amount of dietary meat; thus,nutrition can sometimes play a role in creatinine measurement.
- Kidney infections,rhabdomyolysis(abnormal muscle breakdown) and urinary tract obstruction may also elevate creatinine levels.
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WHO HAS LOW OR HIGH BLOOD CREATININE LEVELS?
- Adult Women: 0.5 to 1.1 mg/dL
- Adult Men: 0.6 to 1.2 mg/dL
- Individuals With Only One Kidney: 1.8 to 1.9 mg/dL
wikihow.com: Interpret your results. The normal range for creatinine levels will vary based on whether you are an adult male, adult female, teenager, or child. The value you should be at may vary further based on your age and body size, but there are general ranges you should shoot for.
- Normal blood creatinine levels (in milligrams/deciliter) are:
- Men: 0.6 to 1.2 mg/dL; 53 to 106 mcmol/L
- Women: 0.5 to 1.1 mg/dL; 44 to 97 mcmol/L
- Teenagers: 0.5 to 1.0 mg/dL
- Children: 0.3 to 0.7 mg/dL
- Normal urine creatinine levels are:
- Men: 107 to 139 mL/min; 1.8 to 2.3 mL/sec
- Women: 87 to 107 mL/min; 1.5 to 1.8 mL/sec
- Anyone above the age of 40: levels should drop by 6.5 mL/min for every additional 10 years of age
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- Muscular young or middle-aged adults may have more creatinine in their blood than the norm for the general population.
- Elderly persons may have less creatinine in their blood than the norm. Infants have normal levels of about 0.2 or more, depending on their muscle development.
- In people with malnutrition, severe weight loss, and long standing illnesses, the muscle mass tends to diminish over time and, therefore, their creatinine level may be lower than expected for their age.
healthhearty.com: HOW TO REDUCE CREATININE LEVELS IN BLOOD
Dehydration, creatine supplements, strain-causing activities, or even excessive intake of meat and dairy products are some of the likely factors that cause the creatinine levels in the blood to rise. Here, we will have a look at the various ways to reduce creatinine levels in the blood.
CAUSES FOR THE RISE IN CREATININE LEVELS
There are no specific symptoms with which one can identify high creatinine levels in the blood. It is diagnosed during a laboratory test involving blood and urine samples.
- Dried fruits, bananas, spinach, potatoes, beans, and peas.
Drink herbal tea or Green tea
Certain types of herbal tea are believed to help lower the amount of creatinine in your blood. Studies supporting this benefit are limited, but the theory has not been disproved, either.
- Drink around two 8-oz (250-ml) glasses of herbal tea each day.
- Herbal teas worth checking out include chamomile, nettle leaf, dandelion root.
- The idea is that these teas stimulate the kidneys and cause an increase in the production of urine. As such, more creatinine can be passed out of the body.
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Consider taking nettle leaf supplements. Nettle leaf may help to increase your renal excretion, with will help to eliminate excess amounts of creatinine. Nettles contain histamines and flavonoids, which can help to increase the blood flow to your kidneys, thus increasing urine filtration.
- Nettle leaves can be taken in the form of supplements or can be made into tea.
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Talk to your doctor about salvia. Salvia is an herb that may increase your glomerular filtration rate, which helps to facilitate the elimination of creatinine. Salvia contains lithospermate B, which helps to promote renal function.
- Set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss the possible use of salvia. Do not take salvia without consulting your doctor.
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1.Ask your doctor about stopping certain medications. There are some medications that have been associated with high creatinine levels. Medications that can damage the kidneys pose a possible threat, but some medications used to treat kidney disease can also cause a problem.
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- If you already have kidney problems, be cautious about medications, like ibuprofen, that can cause further kidney damage when used regularly.
- ACE inhibitors and cyclosporine are both used to treat kidney disease but may cause creatinine levels to rise.
- Some nutritional supplements, like vanadium, can also cause an increase in creatinine levels and should be avoided.
- Always talk to your doctor before stopping any medication. While some of these medications may cause creatinine to rise, the good could still outweigh the bad depending on why those medications were prescribed to begin with.
2.Check into medications and supplements that may help. Depending on the underlying cause of your elevated creatinine levels and on your overall health, your doctor may advise you to include certain medications or supplements to bring those levels down.
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- Most medications that treat creatinine levels also treat an underlying problem causing an increase in those levels, so your doctor will have to diagnose the underlying condition before you can determine which medication is right for you.
3.Take diabetes medications to control your blood sugar. One common cause of kidney damage, and thus elevated creatinine levels, is diabetes. If you have diabetes, it is very important to keep your insulin levels normal to prevent further kidney damage. There are certain medications that you can take to do this.
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- Repaglinide is a commonly prescribed for diabetes. The starting dose is normally 0.5 milligrams, administered before each meal. The maximum dose is 4 milligrams, also administered before a meal. Even if you happen to skip a meal, it is important to administer the drugs.
4.Lower your blood pressure with medication. Aside from diabetes, hypertension is another factor that can contribute to kidney damage. Keeping your blood pressure under control will also help to prevent further damage to your kidneys, thus helping to lower your creatinine levels.
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- Your doctor may prescribe benazepril and hydrochlorothiazide. Normal benazepril dosages are generally between 10 and 80 milligrams a day The usual dosage of hydrochlorothiazide is between 12.5 and 50 milligrams a day.
5.Some antibiotics can be dangerous if taken incorrectly. People with kidney disease need to take smaller amounts of antibiotics than people with healthy kidneys.
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6.Take medications targeted high creatinine levels. Ketosteril is often prescribed to reduce levels of creatinine found in the bloodstream. Talk to your doctor about this medication and if it may be right for you. The regular dose is generally 4 to 8 tablets taken three time a day, at each meal. Other creatinine lowering drugs include:
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- Alpha lipoic acid (antioxidants) supplements can be used to help energize the kidneys and neutralize toxins, including creatinine. You can usually take around 300 mg each day.
- Chitosan is a weight management supplement that can also reduce the amount of creatinine in the blood. Benefits are usually reached when you take between 1000 and 4000 mg per day.
CONSIDERING MEDICAL THERAPHIES
1.Address and treat the underlying problem. High creatinine levels are rarely an independent problem. More often than not, this issue is a symptom of something more serious. To drop the levels permanently and improve your overall health, work with your doctor to find the underlying problem and remedy that.
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- Kidney damage and chronic kidney disease are the most common causes. This damage can be caused by illness, potentially fatal infections, shock, cancer, or low blood flow.
- Type 2 diabetes is also linked to high creatinine levels.
- Other possible causes include heart failure, dehydration, excessive blood loss leading to shock, gout, physically strenuous exercise, muscle injuries, muscle disorders, and burns.
2. Research cold laser therapy. Some evidence suggests that cold laser or low level laser therapy can revitalize the kidneys and improve their overall functioning abilities. As a result, your kidneys become more capable of filtering out creatinine naturally.
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- When used on the adrenal glands above the kidneys, cold lasers can also help reduce stress and improve sleep.
- When used on the Vagus nerve in your neck, cold lasers may help improve the circulation of blood to various organs, including the kidneys.
3.Use massage therapy. Massage therapy also will help blood circulation and reduce stress levels, which leads to pleasant sleep and relaxation.
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4.Learn about blood purification therapy. While somewhat uncommon, someone who has severe kidney damage and consistently high creatinine levels may wish to consider blood purification therapy, a.k.a. hemodialysis or dialysis. The therapy is a bit extreme, but it can be very effective.
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- During the treatment, your blood will be extracted and filtered through a machine. This machine removes creatinine and other toxins in the blood. Once cleaned, the blood is circulated back into the body.
5.Consider alternative medicine. In particular, learn about Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy. This therapy is based on traditional Chinese medicine and may help reverse minor kidney damage. Medicated baths may also help and are also rooted in traditional Chinese medicine.
- With Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, traditional Chinese medicines are prescribed based on an individual patient’s condition. Some of these medications are applied externally, while others are applied internally via an osmoscope.
- Medicated baths can improve blood circulation. This causes the body to warm up and produce sweat. Creatinine and other toxins can then be removed from the body via the sweat.
6.Consider dialysis as a final option. If diet changes and medication do not lower your creatinine levels, talk to your doctor about dialysis. There are two types of dialysis, but the one used to lower creatinine levels is called hemodialysis.
- Hemodialysis involves using a machine to filter out waste, fluid, and salt from your blood so that your damaged kidneys do not have to.
Kidneyabc.com: Is Micro-Chinese Osmotherapy More Effective in Kidney Failure
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In the past, Dialysis and Kidney Transplant are the two common ways as the treatments of advanced Kidney Failure. However, with time goes on, some natural and conservative treatments like Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy have been invented to treat it.
As a matter of fact, Kidney Failure can be divided into two kinds: Acute Kidney Failure and Chronic Kidney Failure. The previous one can be treated by timely treatment but the latter one will need take some times. As for chronic kidney failure, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy can help treat it effectively.
How does micro-chinese medicine osmotherapy treat kidney failure?
This therapy is invented on the basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine which is natural and healthy for patients, because these Chinese herbal medicines are produced by the machine to play the biggest medicine effects. And they are micronized and put into two bags. Patients just need to lie on the bed during the treatment process.
With the help of osmotic device, the active Chinese medicine materials will be permeated into the impaired kidney tissues and cells directly. They will be absorbed effectively to dilate the blood vessels, promote blood circulation, regulate immune system, prevent inflammation and coagulation, degrade extracullar matrixes and provide nutrients.
After several days of treatment, the damaged kidney can be repaired and renal function be improved well. The symptoms like High Creatinine, proteinuria, swelling, etc can be relieved naturally. Patients in kidney failure may have chance of avoid dialysis or kidney transplant from the root.
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As you can see, reducing levels of creatinine in the blood involve both the use of medicines to treat the underlying cause as well as some dietary changes. However, if all these efforts fail to bring about any improvement in the condition, then it is considered as a sign of kidney failure. In such cases, the patient may have to undergo dialysis.
Kidney Therapy China: IS SALVIA RECOMMENDED FOR STAGE 4 PATIENTS WITH HYPERTENSION
Does salvia come in a supplement form and would you recommend it with someone taking blood pressure medication?
Salvia also known as Dashen, has been successfully used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat high blood pressure. Salvia is able to lower the blood pressure by inhibiting ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme),which causes blood vessels to narrow and blood pressure to increase.
The common treatment for high blood pressure is ACE inhibitor. They work for lots of people but also bring some side effects such as dizziness, high blood potassium level, cough, drowsiness and weakness. For those who want to avoid side effects, they can try salvia which is natural and effective treatment for high blood pressure.
Apart from blood pressure management, salvia is also good for cardiovascular diseases. It can reduce rate in kidney failure patients because cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death. Salvia has benefits for cardiovascular disease.
1. Improve blood circulation
2. Relax and widen blood vessels particular around the heart
3. Prevent the formation of thrombaxane, which reduce blood clots from forming
4. Suppress platelet adhesion and aggression, which also can prevent blood clots from forming
5. Prevent against myocardial ischemia
Salvia can be used for stage 4 kidney failure patients with high blood pressure. Moreover, kidney theraphy China also suggest a series of Chinese medicine theraphies for patients. The treatment includes Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotheraphy, Medicated Bath, Medicinal Soup, Mai Kang Mixture, Moxibustion Theraphy and Steaming, etc. Different condition will be given different theraphy and different Chinese medicines. The active ingredients in Chinese medicine can repair injures kidney tissues and improve renal function through dilating blood vessels, improving blood circulation, preventing inflammation and coagulation, degrading extracellular matrix and providing nutrients. When renal function is improved, high blood pressure, swelling, nausea, vomiting and poor appetite,etc can all be relieved from the root. More importantly, it is possible to reverse stage 4 kidney disease to stage 3 or stage 2.
Salvia can be used for stage 4 kidney failure patients with high blood pressure. They can also try a series of Chinese medicine treatments to treat high blood pressure from the root.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.
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