Creatinine is a chemical waste molecule produced from creatine. Roughly 2% of creatine in our body converts to creatinine every day and transported via bloodstream to our kidneys. Most of this creatinine is filtered by the kidneys and removed via urine. Usually creatinine production in our body remains unchanged thus making it a reliable way of identifying the kidney function. A sudden change in creatinine level may indicate the kidney disease or impaired kidney function.
What can cause high creatinine level? Dehydration, ACE inhibitors, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid issues, excessive blood loss, taking creatine as a dietary supplement and excessive amounts of red meat can result in higher creatinine levels.
How to lower creatinine level:
- creatinine level may start to increase if the body is dehydrated. It is recommended to drink plenty of fluid every day. Drinking water means more urination that means more creatinine released from the body.
- healthy diet can play a vital role in controlling the creatinine level. Add fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet, prefer whole wheat and include oats in your diet. Avoid food items with refined sugar, replace beverages with water.
- avoid excessive creatine supplements. Taking creatine supplements could be potentially dangerous. It increases pressure on the kidneys and can cause heart issues and muscle cramps.
- salt (sodium) can cause body to retain more water which leads to less frequent visits to the washroom. Stay away from foods with excessive salt.
If you are suffering from the kidney disease then it is best to consult your doctor and a dietitian to have your diet planned. We at Kundan Kidney Care Centre offer a free assessment and offer a safe and alternative method of treatment for kidney disease.