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How To Treat High Creatinine Levels
Dehydration: Dehydration is treated with fluids, which can given either by mouth or intravenously, depending on how dehydrated the patient is. How low one's creatinine (c) falls after hydration depends on what the person's baseline c was. Normally, the greater the serum sodium and creatinine are the greater the percentage fall in both after fluids are given. If dehydration is severe, a person is hospitalized. ...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
Troponin: Not sure why a troponin was drawn in a pneumonia patient. If the patient has no heart attack symptoms, would just treat the pneumonia and evaluate the cardiac status after the pneumonia resolves. If heart attack symptoms, might be heart attack and heart failure not pneumonia. Should ask the doc what's the story. ...Read more
Diet and meds: Triglycerides can be treated with lifestyle changes including, a low fat diet, regular exercise, and weight loss. Depending on the level medication or over-the-counter supplements may be necessary. Otc meds such as omega 3 fish oil and Niacin can be helpful if lifestyle changes fail. Medications that target triglycerides are available as well. ...Read more
Here's accurate info: Somebody's kidding you or there is a misunderstanding. Creatine kinase is an enzyme found in the blood; the reference range was determined for couch potatoes, and in my series' of athletic medical students, a majority of healthy young people have "elevated levels" just from exercising. It's also high in a few illnesses your physician knows about, but not from "nerves". ...Read more
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
Nothing: My guess is the hormones levels were just drawn at the early part of the cycle, which is exactly what you would expect to see at that time. If the hormones were drawn late in the cycle, the result would be the opposite. Probably does not need any treatment at all. ...Read more
Lots of options: First, let's be clear. We don't treat just b/c t is low. Patient also has to have constellation of symptoms, eg andropause or hypogonadism. Once established that treatment is indicated, options include patch (skin vs gum), cream/gel/lotion, pellet implant & injections. However, all these options are various forms of t and will shut down sperm production. If you want to father children, avoid this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alk phos: Children and teens run alk phos levels up to five times the top of the reference range. Around 5% of older adults run high alk phos for no obvious reason. This is a lab value, not something you treat. It's merely there to point to possible causes if you get sick. In this respect it's very different from SGOT/AST and SGPT/ALT, which if high generally point to serious illness. ...Read more
Treat the cause: High creatinine level is not a problem in and of itself. High creat does not cause a problem or symptoms. Rather, it is a sign that the kidney is slow eliminating waste (including creatinine waste). This slow function is due to a reason whether it is kidney tissue aging or disease or other reasons like blockage of kidney flow. If u decrease creat without improving kidneys, u still have a problem. ...Read more
Diet and Statin: Things you can do include a weight reducing diet (if obese), avoiding animal fats, try take control or benechol margarines, and use metamucil. Most people will also need a statin drug like simvastatin, Lipitor (atorvastatin) or Crestor to get their LDL (bad) cholesterol to goal. These reduce cholesterol by 40-60% and are proven to reduce heart attacks and strokes by up to 50%, and save lives. ...Read more
Diet & exercise: Moderate exercise (about 30 minutes 5 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 2 more doctor answers
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