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How To Bring Down Creatinine Levels
High creatinine: You need to see a nephrologist to find out what is causing your elevated creatinine (c) level. The c level is dependent on age, sex, race and weight. Causes of an elevated creatinine are obstruction of the outflow of urine, kidney and drugs that cause renal problems. Go to a nephro, have a 24 hour urine collection for c clearance and protein, have a renal ultrasound and blood work to get a plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why are they high: Creatine phosphate kinase enzymes are high from the breakdown of skeletal muscle or heart disease if you are getting a lot of exercise take a rest and the levels will come down as your muscles regenerate if it is due to myositis venue need anti-inflammatory or steroid treatment you should consult your rheumatologist if it is it it if it is from a single heart myocardial infarction it will go down in several days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clarification needed: I assume you are talking about the blood tests for kidney function, if the tests for kidney function are abnormal, you must see a nephrologist. ...Read more
May not need to: Lab testing isn't "one size fits all." a lab may list 1.2 as the "upper limit of the reference range", but a muscular patient can and should have a higher level. When i was lifting daily, my creatinine stayed at 1.6, and an elite bodybuilder's is likely to 2.0 or so. The level itself doesn't make you sick; it's just one piece of information to tell whether there's kidney disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lifestyle, oral meds: Lifestyle measures including aerobic exercises 2-3 hours/week, weight loss 5-7% of current body weight, and controlling carbs intake in diet (amount depends on your body) can have significant impact to lower blood sugar levels. If these meaures are inadequate, there are many types of pills that can help: metformin, tzds, secretagogues, dpp-4 inhibitors, bile acid resins, bromocripine, and others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diet & exercise: Moderate exercise (about 30 minutes five times a week) reduces LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol. Smoking can lower HDL levels, so stop smoking if you do. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein. Include monounsaturated fats in your diet- olive oil/canola oil. Moderate consumption of alcohol may also positively impact HDL levels. 1 glass of wine a day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My prolactin level reads 42, what drug can I use to bring down the level and how long will it take to come own?
The easiest: Way is to remove the cause, particularly if it's due to hypothyroidism, medication, etc. If it's a pituitary tumor you need a neurosurgical evaluation. If everything else is stable, Cabergoline can reduce elevated prolactin levels in most patients within several weeks, but you need to titrate the dose as needed. Talk w/your doctor. ...Read more
Sugar: Hi. Are you talking about diabetes and treating hypoglycemia? I hate to guess. Insulin therapy is the BIG risk for hypoglycemia. But as you would imagine (and your doctor should have told you), treat low sugar with sugar. If you're very low but conscious, use liquid sugar (e.g., juice, sugar soda). If you're unconscious, someone can give you glucagon or call paramedics. Good luck and be safe! ...Read more
Guggul: GUGGUL (AKA Commiphora mukul, Guggulipid, Indian Bedellium, and Commiphora wightii) is a traditional Ayurvedi medicine. The meaning in Sanskrit is “one that protects against diseases”. It has traditionally been used to treat obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis & sciatica. Although it has been reported to decrease cholesterol / triglycerides - studies have not shown positive results. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Some simple steps: A fueling strategy to optimize running requires focusing on 3 parts. Prior to the run, make sure you are eating enough carbs by including complex carbs in your diet. During a run of longer than an hour, consider refueling with gels, sports drink, or any other source of simple sugar (jelly beans). Within 30 min of finishing, refuel. Chocolate milk is the right mix of carb and protein. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why do you ask?: The reference range on RDW, as for most labs, is set so that a few percent of folks fall outside on either end. A low RDW is never a problem. There is no advantage to trying to change it. Frequent visits to the blood bank are good for you as a public service, and are likely to raise RDW. ...Read more
Why is it low?: Before you can fix it, you need to diagnose it. Either your testicles aren't working or your brain is not asking your testicles to work. There is medication for all of that. Time to call your family doctor. If you family doctor does not know how to help you, then ask for the name of another doctor that can help you. ...Read more
It depends on your c: Glucose can be lowered by means of seveal different interventions depending on your condition. If the sugar levels are only slightly high, diet control, exercise and losing weight will help and it is the first step especially in type 2 diabetes. There are several oral drugs which is the next step for medium level sugar problemes. Insulin is the most potent medication to rapidly lower high sugar le. ...Read more
Thyroid inflammation: Can cause variable TSH results. Tsh tests are very sensitive but often not real reproducible. Levels vary by time of day. Tsh is secreted in spurts and may vary depending upon when it's drawn. Plus some labs are better and more reliable than others. ...Read more
It depends on the le: Blood sugar can be lowered with insulin, the key hormone which keeps it under control. Insulin can be taken as an injection or there are several types or pills which can also increase your Insulin level. But you need to go see a doctor in order to be treated properly and monitored carefully. ...Read more
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