How to lower the Creatinine level in blood
Creatinine is a waste product that comes from the normal wear and tear on muscles of the body. Everyone has creatinine in their bloodstream. Looking at how much creatinine is in your blood is not the best way to check your kidney health. That’s because the level of creatinine in your blood is affected by your age, race, gender, and body size. In other words, what’s considered “normal” depends on these factors. The best way to know if your kidneys are working properly is by looking at your glomerular filtration rate (GFR). GFR is a routine lab that can be found on your blood report. Abnormally high levels of creatinine in their body, it may be a sign that their kidneys are not working properly.
Mrs. Zeenath Fatima (Registered Dietician), Chief Dietician, PG, DNT, M.Sc, Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad talks about the risks, causes and tips to lower the creatinine level in blood.
1. What is the creatinine level in blood?
In human body the normal levels of creatinine is different for men and women. For adult men the normal levels are 0.6 -1.2 milligrams per deciliter (md/dl). The creatinine level for adult women is 0.5-1.1 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl).
2. What are the major risks of an increased creatinine levels in blood?
Usually the levels of creatinine increases when we are having high protein diet and by performing strength exercise. But when there is constant rise in levels then there is an issue of kidney functioning in the body, better to consult any doctor for verification of the condition
3. What causes a sudden upsurge of creatinine levels?
As creatinine is the end product of protein metabolisms so, when the person is on high protein diet their creatinine levels may rise and at the same way when the kidney filtration rate decreases there is rise of serum creatinine in the body.
4. Suggest an ideal diet to reduce the creatinine level?
- Early morning: Lukewarm water+lemon\herbal tea
- Breakfast 8-9am: Jowar idly/ foxtail dosa/millet porridge with green leafy vegetables
Mint chutney/tomato chutney
- Mid morning11am : Barley water/chia seeds lemonade
- Lunch 12-1pm : Veg salad + Brown rice multigrain pulka + One veg curry+ curd/ buttermilk
- Evening 4pm: Barley water/herbal tea
- Dinner7-8pm: Any option of breakfast or dinner
- Bedtime10pm: Buttermilk
5. Can you share certain home remedies?
It depends on the reason of the rise of levels, by reducing the intensity of exercise and cut down the protein intake we can make them to normal levels.
- Preferring plant protein
- Having herbal teas
- Increasing fluid intake
- Have more of fiber foods
6. Any takeaway message for readers?
When there is a minimal level of rise we can recover it through the diet and medication but when there is abnormal level of rise immediately we need to consult our doctor know the reason behind the rise. The first principle to normal the level is to flush out the excess levels through fluids and foods which are diuretic in nature (ginger, mint, cumin, barley etc.).