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How To Reduce Bun Levels
Kidney or load: The BUN is a measure of the amount of nitrogen in the blood in the form of urea, and it is, thereby a measurement of renal function. Thus, if one improve the renal function the BUN will go down. ...Read more
Don't treat a lab: Bun/creatinine ratio varies with hydration, diet, and kidney status; if high and the person's kidneys aren't working well, they may just be dry or shocky. You can lower your ratio simply by drinking a few glasses of water. But why? There's no point. I eat a lot of protein and mine tends to be a bit high, but that doesn't mean i'm sick. The big picture is everything. ...Read more
I have a high bun/ creatinine level (28) and a low creatinine level (0.5) . Should I be concerned or do something?
BUN/Creat Ratio: I personally would not worry about it since the high ratio is due to a slightly elevated BUN. This might be due to a diet high in non-essential amino acids (nothing to truly be concerned about) or a mild lack of water intake. If you are still concerned, please see your primary doctor and go over all of that with her/him. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Okay: This is a bit low in standard US units but I wouldn't worry. Reference range is set arbitrarily so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside. Unless you're a kid being worked up for a rare inborn error of metabolism, or you're obviously in the final stages of liver failure, low BUN means nothing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need numbers: It would help to have the actual numbers. The doctor who ordered these tests would be in a better position to advise as s/he knows your health status. ...Read more
My BUN level was 8 yesterday and 14 today. Is that significant or problematic? Seems like a big change.
Blood urea nitrogen : Or bun, is an indicator of kidney function, fluid balance, muscle turnover (breakdown and rebuilding). Normal BUN is between 7 and 20. A low BUN could be seen in a person with lower muscle mass or low muscle use (ex a paraplegic person) where there is less muscle turnover than in more active people. This could also suggest malnutrition. A low BUN could also be seen in liver failure, pregnancy. ...Read more
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