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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
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
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
Need correct value: and units. 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, it would have helped to know the correct result. 23h is not the conventional reporting of BUN results. If it is 23 mg/dL, it is slightly above normal and you should discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more
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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