What creatinine level is dangerously high?
Creatinine levels of 2.0 or more in infants and 5.0 or more in adults may indicate severe kidney damage. People who are dehydrated may have elevated creatinine levels.
What happens when creatinine gets high?
Generally speaking, high levels of creatinine can indicate that your kidneys aren’t working well. There are many possible causes of high creatinine, some of which may be a one-time occurrence. Examples can include things such as dehydration or intake of large amounts of protein or the supplement creatine.
What causes high normal creatinine?
A higher than normal level may be due to: Blocked urinary tract. Kidney problems, such as kidney damage or failure, infection, or reduced blood flow. Loss of body fluid (dehydration)
What is the outlook for people with high creatinine levels?
The outlook for people with high creatinine levels varies depending on the cause. For those experiencing a temporary increase in creatinine levels, any symptoms should usually resolve quickly following suitable treatment of the underlying condition.
What does high creatinine mean?
Creatinine is a waste product of the muscles. In a healthy body, the kidneys filter creatinine from the blood and excrete it through the urine. High levels of creatinine can indicate kidney issues.
What factors affect your creatinine levels?
Certain factors affect an individual patient’s normal creatinine levels. Because creatinine is made by your skeletal muscle cells, your baseline creatinine is affected by your size and muscle mass. Bodybuilders might have higher creatinine levels, whereas women tend to have slightly lower creatinine levels than men.
Should you be concerned about your creatinine levels?
Keep in mind that creatinine levels alone aren’t enough to pinpoint a specific health condition. “Creatinine is an imperfect marker of kidney function,” Yau says. “We use it because it’s easy but it’s only one piece we use to look at kidney function, in general. It’s a helpful marker, it’s easy to check but it’s not the end-all and be-all.”