Creatinine : All You Need to Know



Blood composition helps us to understand our bodies more fully and evaluate the processes our body is undergoing and also helps to detect problems if any.

  • Too much or too less of anything may be severely bad, just like exertion. Exertion directly affects kidneys and muscle health and this is what we discuss in this particular article.

This topic discusses Creatinine.

What is Creatinine, you must be wondering?

It is a chemical waste produced in the bloodstream that passes through the kidneys for filtering and is eliminated as urine eventually. It is a natural part of the excretion process. The more muscle a person has, the more creatinine is produced. Thus, to indicate the amount of body muscle we can indirectly measure the number of creatinine levels in the body. Wear and tear in the body muscles leads to greater creatinine levels in the blood.

  • Normal Men Range – 0.6 to 1.2 mg/dl
  • Normal Women Range – 0.55 to 1.1 mg/dl

Thus, it is easy to decipher that on a normal scale, women have lower muscles and thus lower creatinine levels than men. A few other factors affecting creatinine levels are body size, level of activity and medications. Higher levels of creatinine may be mostly associated with kidney failures to regulate the excretion process effectively. Chronic kidney conditions may fluctuate the levels in an adverse way. Some people may have to resort to dialysis in severe cases.

High Creatinine levels may be detected with or without any other symptoms. You may have a good amount of creatinine or even low but you may be perfectly healthy otherwise because your body, age, gender, race all affect creatinine levels in your bloodstream. However, in many cases, these levels may be indicative.

For medical diagnostics and other regular tests, creatinine tests hold a good sign because they can reflect problems still not evident on the outer surface of the body. Tests like serum creatinine (in the bloodstream), creatinine clearance (in the urine), etc. detect the levels and identify some abnormality of levels within the body. These variations may be a cause of concern so regular checkup should be performed.

Creatinine tests are usually coupled with urine tests so that an overall comprehensive result study is obtained. Creatinine alone cannot determine some hard conclusions about your body health

In case your tests do detect some kidney malfunctions, you can get help.

Also, we should remember that too much of everything is bad and if the workout is of a very highly aggressive level, it may affect the kidneys due to overproduction of creatinine. However, in moderate and controlled amounts it is not harmful. We mostly need to know the correct limits.

The best we should do is regulate what we eat. Our diet goes a long way in determining our kidney and body health. Let us discuss our diet preferences finally, in case we are detected with abnormally high or low creatinine levels further indicating some kidney diseases.

Too much exertion may cause Muscular Dystrophy which is a very difficult problem because it affects our bodily movements and may even cause difficulty standing, let running and doing work for later. Chronic Kidney Disease can cause muscle atrophy and thus affecting patients risk of mortality and life quality. Since the disease is chronic it cannot be fully avoided but it can be regulated if we make conscious choices.

People with muscular dystrophy find it difficult to maintain proper lifestyle due to immobility and inability in movements. These problems may limit them to other problems like obesity, constipation, and dehydration eventually. All these sidekicks are no good either.

A high fiber, high protein and low-calorie diet with a proper intake of fluids have been recommended for patients with muscular dystrophy. Potential allergy-inducing foods like dairy, wheat, food preservatives, colorants, etc. should be avoided. Some studies even indicate that coffee is harmful to the kidney because it hyper stimulates the kidneys. Water stays as the best regulator of hormones and temperature in the body. Thus it rightfully facilitates the bodily functions of people with muscular dystrophy.

This is nearly the standard diet for every body type but more beneficial and exclusive for kidney patients.  Thus, this article concludes how a managed diet can alleviate the symptoms of kidney malfunctions and to aid this process, we should keep in check our creatinine levels regularly.

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Nisha Sharma

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I am ckd patient last one year, my creatinine level 2, some one told me please go to dietician, they can help you out. at first my creatinine level 1.19, after that 1.36, after that 1.49 and last 2 (20.03.2019). I live in Mahipalpur, New Delhi. Please suggest