Creatinine

What is Creatinine?

Creatinine is a waste product that comes from the normal wear and tear on muscles of the body. Everyone has creatinine in their bloodstream.  Creatinine can be used as part of a panel of tests to evaluate kidney status. It is often tested alongside sodium and potassium.

Why test creatinine?
Unless this is ordered as a retest or for a specific reason, we recommend ordering this as part of a health test.

Health check
Discover your risk factors for lifestyle diseases in time to do something about them.

Lifestyle factors
You drink a lot of alcohol and/or eat a diet low in nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans.

Monitoring
Monitor changes to your blood values as you make lifestyle changes, take supplements or medication.

What causes low creatinine?
Some causes of low or lower creatinine can include muscle atrophy, Malnutrition (especially protein insufficiency), extreme weight loss, liver problems, pregnancy, shock, dehydration, and some diseases.

What causes high creatinine?

The underlying conditions that may cause symptoms are those which affect kidney function, such as kidney disease, benign prostate hyperplasia, urinary tract congestion, diabetes, hyper and hypothyroidism, and high blood pressure. Symptoms of these include darker urine, puffy eyes, feet or face, back pain, fatigue, low fever, headache, confusion, and reduced urination.

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Instructions
There is no need to do any advance preparation for this test.

On the day of the test
Remember to take I.D. with you when going to take a test.

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