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I exercise 6 days per week including weight training and cardio. I'm on a high protein diet and my blood work just came back with creatinine levels of 1.2. Should this be of concern?

I exercise 6 days per week including weight training and cardio. I'm on a high protein diet and my blood work just came back with creatinine  levels of 1.2. Should this be of concern?

Creatinine 1.2: You should have no worries with your serum creatinine of 1.2 at your age. Due to your exercise routine, you should have a large amount of muscle mass, so any concerns you may have about your creatinine level are unfounded. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Uric acid level 5.8 and creatinine level 1.3 on high protein diet with 2 scoops of whey protein... is it test high shall i stop the diet?

Uric acid level 5.8 and creatinine level 1.3 on high protein diet with 2 scoops of whey protein... is it test high shall i stop the diet?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your results are not abnormal and you can continue taking the supplement. ...Read more

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I am doing heavy exercise and taking high protein diet since last 6mths. Now my serum creatinine is 1.8 , could this be normal? I have no other symptom

I am doing heavy exercise and taking high protein diet since last 6mths. Now my serum creatinine is 1.8 , could this be normal? I have no other symptom

Good for you!: Yes. It's usual for bodybuilders to have a serum creatinine up to 2.0. When i was lifting daily, mine ran 1.6 to 1.7. The current fad for interpreting creatinines and estimating gfr's out of context is unscientific and has caused complaints in the peer-reviewed literature from pathologists and nephrologists. Keep it up. ...Read more

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Low creatinine serum, high creatinine clearance and normal urine cret at age 21. Totally sedentary lifestyle with high protein diet. What's thr prob?

Low creatinine serum, high creatinine clearance and normal urine cret at age 21. Totally sedentary lifestyle with high protein diet.  What's thr prob?

Kidney problem?: With the information you provided, I do not think you have a problem with your kidneys. Creatinine is an indication of your kidney function and, just as important, is gives an estimation of your muscle mass. A high creatinine clearance may be seen with uncontrolled diabetes, which you do not have. Speak to the physician who ordered these tests on you for more information, he knows you best. ...Read more

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My createnine was 0.44 and egfr 177 in march and did a high protein diet for 3 months will this effect my kidneys function?

No: The whole business of estimating GFR's from the insufficient information provided by blood work is unscientific. Don't worry about it if your serum creatinine remains normal / low and your urinalysis is normal. ...Read more

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Constant low blood protein levels (5.8). I am an active 57 yr male with high protein diet- donates plasma twice a week. Now levels too low to donate ?

Constant low blood protein levels (5.8). I am an active 57 yr male with high protein diet- donates plasma twice a week.  Now levels too low to donate ?

Albumen dominant &: typically the reason the total protein is low. Healthy albumen concentrations 4.0 & up. If low, this reflects liver problems, e.g. steatosis from too many carbs (converted to fat in liver) or any of a variety of other possibilities. Focus on the albumen, study, e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albumin & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver for starters & seek help worthy of your trust. ...Read more

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Can a high protein diet cause a high globulin level on blood test? Also have iron level at 49the &i enlarged spleen. Advice?

Can a high protein diet cause a high globulin level on blood test? Also have iron level at 49the &i enlarged spleen. Advice?

Need eval: I am concerned about the big spleen in your case. High globulin can be caused by many things including chronic inflammation, liver disease, rheumatological problems, malignancy/bone marrow problems etc, you need further evaluation, . ...Read more

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What kind of precautionary measures should take for a high protein diet?

What kind of precautionary measures should take for a high protein diet?

Kidney problems, gou: If you have kidney problems, you shouldnot have a high protein diet. It is also advisable to eat lots of vegetables to buffer the acidity of the high protein diet. If you have a history of gout that can also be a problem. Drink lots of water. ...Read more

Protein (Definition)

Proteins are large molecules made up of a smaller class of molecules called amino acids. Proteins play an enormous role in the function of our bodies including enzymes, messengers, replicating dna, ...Read more


Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Creatinine (Definition)

Creatinine is a byproduct of creatine phosphate, which is present in muscles. Creatinine levels increase if the ...Read more