Kidneys are important because they help in eliminating the waste products from our body. When creatine, which is found in our muscles, breaks down inside our body it forms creatinine. This is one of the substances that human kidney eliminates through urine
Why is the Creatinine test done?
To evaluate and diagnose kidney diseases.
Also done if the patient complains of high blood pressure, lower back pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting, and nausea.
The test is also used to diagnose conditions including glomerulonephritis, pyelonephritis, prostate disease, kidney stones, diabetes and congestive heart failure.
How do I prepare for the test?
Drugs like chemotherapy drugs, NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen and cimetidine can increase the creatinine levels in the blood.
What do the results indicate?
Individuals with more muscles would have higher creatinine level but results may vary based on gender and age. The normal value ranges from 0.7 – 1.3 mg/dL in men and 0.6 – 1.1 mg/dL in women.
Creatinine blood tests are usually performed with other lab tests like Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) to diagnose your overall health.
Higher values would indicate that you might be suffering from kidney problems, kidney stone issues, diabetes, congestive heart failure and dehydration.