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Can low Albumin levels cause death?

Can low Albumin levels cause death?

See below: Low albumin per se would not cause death. There is a very small number of near normal people with congenital absence of albumin. It is the cause of low albumin, e.g., cirrhosis, nephrotic syndrome, malabsorption or malnutrition that would be the cause of death. ...Read more

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Albumin (Definition)

Albumins are proteins which dissolve in water and are not covered with chains of sugars. The most common is serum albumin. These molecules transport other molecules which don't dissolve in water very well. But its main function is to regulate the amount of water in the blood. Another type of Albumin is the ...Read more


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I'm 44yr old male been hurting for about 18mos low albumin of 3.1since 12/12till now 7/12mpv11.412/12mpv 11.0 5/14mpv11.3and7/14mpv11.5also psaof 7.3?

I'm 44yr old male been hurting for about 18mos low albumin of 3.1since 12/12till now 7/12mpv11.412/12mpv 11.0 5/14mpv11.3and7/14mpv11.5also psaof 7.3?

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, low albumin and high PSA point to at least two organ systems not working properly. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without more history, examination and may be tests and that only be done in-person by your doctor. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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If you have low albumin and low creatinine, how do you feel?

If you have low albumin and low creatinine, how do you feel?

Don't treat labs: Low Albumin makes me concerned about malnutrition first and foremost -- is your patient on a fad diet? Losing protein from gut disease? Having chronic inflammation or myeloma? Low creatinine is not a health problem, and is seem especially in skinny folks. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Fat Diet (Checklist)

Avoid fried foods
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Read all food labels
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Avoid foods with visible fat
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Do not eat the skin when eating poultry
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Managing Low Testosterone (Checklist)

Have your testosterone checked each morning
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Discuss the risks and benefits of testosterone replacements with your doctor
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Take a testosterone replacement as instructed
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Treating Low Potassium (Checklist)

Consume magnesium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking magnesium supplements
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Consume potassium rich foods, or ask your doctor about taking a potassium supplement
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Limit alcohol intake to no more than 1 ounce per day
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I have high ESR high serum globulin protine levels and low albumin levels plus ive had right sided pelvic/hip pain for the past 10 months?

I have high ESR high serum globulin protine levels and low albumin levels plus ive had right sided pelvic/hip pain for the past 10 months?

See your doctor: Without actual numbers, I can't be of much help. You should definitely be fully worked up, with protein and urine electrophoresis, and X-rays of your pelvis and hip. ...Read more

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What could cause a neg anion gap on blood test w low albumin and low tot protein? Seen it on blood work over the past year. Have ruq pain no diagnosis

Reason for concern: You have low Albumin and protein, this is not a matter that should go unexplained. You are either not producing enough Albumin or you are loosing proteins too fast. You should have a diagnosis, you doctor should figure it out. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Checklist)

Speak with a clinical nutritionist
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What does it mean if you have low platelet count, high monocyte level, low creatinine, low albumin, high AST and high ALT levels?

What does it mean if you have low platelet count, high monocyte level, low creatinine, low albumin, high AST and high ALT levels?

You need doctor to g: Your doctor needs to guide you further as you have too many things wrong with your tests. Are you under the care of a good doctor? If you do not have a good doctor, see a hematologist who is blood specialist, because low platelets are often caused by some serious disorders. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Drink plenty of water
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Have your medications adjusted if needed
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Look for symptoms of lightheadedness and fatigue
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What does it mean to have low RBC, low hematocrit, low MPV, low Lymphocytes, low urea, low albumin, high MCV, and high MCH?

What does it mean to have low RBC, low hematocrit, low MPV, low Lymphocytes, low urea, low albumin, high MCV, and high MCH?

Macrocytic anemia: Please forgive my frankness and the appearance perhaps of flippancy. In our dysfunctional health care system, physicians often have less time to explain and educate. This is serious and you must insist on an explanation. ...Read more

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I had bloods done doctor told me I have low albumin and now I have swollen legs and ankles how can I get rid of edema?

I had bloods done doctor told me I have low albumin and now I have swollen legs and ankles how can I get rid of edema?

Need evaluation: The reason for the low albumin needs to be determined and treated. The edema is likely due to low albumin. Albumin infusion and a diuretic would help, and you would need prescription for that. However, that would only be a temporary measure and the underlying cause needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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Eating a Low-Carb Diet (Checklist)

Read labels. Fiber, while a carb, is not digested
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Eat your vegetables!
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Try some of the many low-carb recipes online
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Substitute a low-carb, high-fiber tortilla wrap for sandwiches
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Undiagnosed, elevated liver enzymes 3 yrs, fever, fatigue, edema, now high alpha 2 glob, low albumin, a/g ratio. 94. Extreme episodes of distention?

Undiagnosed, elevated liver enzymes 3 yrs, fever, fatigue, edema, now high alpha 2 glob, low albumin, a/g ratio. 94. Extreme episodes of distention?

Incomplete info: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking more history, performing a physical examination and like additional tests. You have been under the care of physicians, please discuss it with your doctor at your earliest. ...Read more

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ANA 1:80 speckled, SM, RNP, SCL-70 detected. Leukocyte, urate, alkaline phosphate, creatinine low. Albumin, triglycerides high. Pos HAV, HBV. Rhem. Neg?

ANA 1:80 speckled, SM, RNP, SCL-70 detected. Leukocyte, urate, alkaline phosphate, creatinine low. Albumin, triglycerides high. Pos HAV, HBV. Rhem. Neg?

Not enough info: Lab tests need to be evaluated in the context of the clinical symptoms. You need this issue evaluated by a rheumatologist ...Read more

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I had acute pancreatitis in 2011, the pain never got better. Now I've got high blood sugar, chest pain, rest hr 120-140, low albumin and so fatigued.

I had acute pancreatitis in 2011, the pain never got better. Now I've got high blood sugar, chest pain, rest hr 120-140, low albumin and so fatigued.

Chronic pancreatitis: You may have chronic pancreatitis with pancreatic insufficiency and poor absorption. Consultation with a gastroenterologist can investigate this further. ...Read more

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What causes high globulin, but low globulin albumin ratio?

Liver blood tests: The liver is an amazing organ- it does many things including making proteins your body needs. Albumin is a major protein product of the liver. Chronic illness can cause that to decline- esp. If you're not eating. Globulins are other proteins usually made to fight diseases like infections- perhaps you've been fighting an illness for a few weeks/months that explain this pattern. ...Read more

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What should I eat if HDL cholesterol is slightly low and albumin level is slightly high?

What should I eat if HDL cholesterol is slightly low and albumin level is slightly high?

Eat fish & exercise: Hdl is not predominantly influenced by diet. Hdl is primarily regulated by genetics but can be increased by exercise, omega 3 fatty acids, weight loss and to a small extent wine. The best way to raise your HDL level is by increasing your aerobic exercise to at least 3-5 times a week for at least 20 minutes. Eat fish high in omega 3 fatty acids, epa and dha or take omega 3 capsules. ...Read more

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What could be the significance of low serum albumin in respiratory failure patient?

What could be the significance of low serum albumin in respiratory failure patient?

Protien malnutrition: Albumen is an acute phase reactant and it is difficult to interpret well in the critically ill. That being said, very low albumen can indicate protein malnutrition, making it more difficult to heal wounds, makes drug delivery less reliable (some drugs bind to albumen for transport), make pulmonary edema harder to treat... The list is long. For that reason, we generally feed patients earlier now. ...Read more

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I just had some lab work done. What would cause a low serum albumin level, high alpha 1 and 2 and high c-reactive protein and low vit d?

Likely inflammation: Generally, decreased Albumin and increased globulins are seen in inflammatory conditions, acute or chronic. The fever ; high CRP also support this. Of note, other conditions may cause this including cancer, but still, the most likely explanation is infection/inflammation. A low vitamin d level may be caused by inadequate intake, no sun exposure, absorbtion problem, kidney disease, obesity. ...Read more

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Unexplained hi BP.220/120.Hi MCH +bicarb. Low Ferritin and T4+VitD, low hormones, albumin, androgens. Feel anxious, heart racing. Now on BP meds, bit better?

Unexplained hi BP.220/120.Hi MCH +bicarb. Low Ferritin and T4+VitD, low hormones, albumin, androgens. Feel anxious, heart racing. Now on BP meds, bit better?

Many causes: There may be many causes for your problems. Most importantly they need to determine why your BP is so high. Possibly just uncontrolled high BP, but they should make sure you do not have pheochromocytoma which is a tumor that secretes adrenalin like hormones that can cause extreme elevation of BP. The other lab tests can be evaluated later, but BP must be controlled ASAP. Good luck! ...Read more

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Low globulin, high albumin/globulin, high ALT what does it mean?

Need more info: Lab test results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and is best done by the doctor who ordered the test as s/he likely knows your health history. A doctor needs to know the actual values of the results and more clinical information. ...Read more

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What shall we do if there is a low level of albumin in blood count (1.4) body has been swollen up. Please advise. Regards, chetan lobo.

Low albumin could be: A sign of serious condition including kidney and liver failure, malnutrition, severe blood infection, burns etc. Treating the illness may improve the condition. Albumin transfusion is only a palliative approach to raising the Albumin level. Hopefully all goes well with you. God bless you! Http://www. Medicalhealthtests. Com/blog/blood-tests/blood-test-albumin. Htm. ...Read more

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Inorgan. Phosphate0.77, serum total protein63, serum globulin14, all slightly low. Norm. Calcium &albumin. Tsh9.25, known hypothyroidism. Further tests?

Inorgan. Phosphate0.77, serum total protein63, serum globulin14, all slightly low. Norm. Calcium &albumin. Tsh9.25, known hypothyroidism. Further tests?

TSH is WAY high!: Must get on a higher dose of synthroid (thyroxine). This can be life threatening, get treated asap, ! other thyroid tests need to be done to know what needs to be done, and to come to a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I thought I was having a tia, but CT came back clean. Labs show hi gluc, low mpv, and albumin (gfr 91 ml/m). Autoimmune? Dehydration? 27wm

CT doesn't show TIAs: It doesn't even show strokes unless large or post acute stage. But, in you age a TIA is rare anyways. Hi glucose means diabetes. If you have had it for 10-15 years, then TIA remains on the list. Kidney function is little low for your age. Gfr should be above 110. Albumin, if in urine suggests long years of diabetes, among others. Autoimmune should be tested but is not very likely, tho possible. ...Read more

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My gram had gallbladder out 1/26. Since then WBC 45000 RBC 7 albumin low. Drain in place draining bile or infection. No appetite. Nausea CHF. Dx?

My gram had gallbladder out 1/26. Since then WBC 45000 RBC 7 albumin low. Drain in place draining bile or infection. No appetite. Nausea CHF. Dx?

Bed Abscess: Frequently on removal of GB from liver, the bed of the dissection will continue to drain bile due of open and partially transected bile ducts. If the collection incompletely drained, infection develops in the collection of bile. A sono will reveal residual collection and may require drain replacement and cultures to define organisms and proper antibiotics. ...Read more

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High sed rate high WBC high crp...low vitd...high micro albumin and high creatnine? . and pain in right upper and right lower quads

High sed rate high WBC high crp...low vitd...high micro albumin and high creatnine? . and pain in right upper and right lower quads

See a doctor!: Hi. I don't know how "high" your values are, but my advice is see the doc who ordered the tests about the results. If you're not satisfied with his/her explanation, get a second opinion. I can think of many bad things this could be, speculating without more information. The internet is no place for your case! Good luck. ...Read more

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Skin itching, leg pain. Blood and urine test shows high albumin and low platelete count (36000) but no sugar and dingue test is negative, BP is normal?

Have more work up. .: This sounds like various possibilities but start with complete liver evaluation! See your doctor and in the meantime avoid alkohol, tylenol (acetaminophen) and other liver toxic substances! ...Read more

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Low hb, low total protein and albumin in blood but no protein in urine. Swelling in both legs. Iron deficiency anemia present. What cloud be the reson?

Low hb, low total protein and albumin in blood but no protein in urine. Swelling in both legs. Iron deficiency anemia present. What cloud be the reson?

See below: 1. You need to have your GI ract evaluated for blood loss which can cause iron deficency. Then you need iron replacement.

2. Your leg swelling is probably due to a low albumin. You need to find out why your Albumin is low-it could be a kidney or liver problem or severe malnutrition. You need to discuss this with a doctor. This situation cannot be diagnosed on line. ...Read more

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My Albumin was 3.2 which is. 2 too low. Just a couple of months ago it was normal. Can a change in diet cause that?

Yes.: If you have decreased your protein intake this could be reflected in a decreased albumin. A more accurate reflection can be achieved by measuring pre-albumin. ...Read more

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My albumin/creatinine level is low 3.5 what I wanted to do to increase the level?

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My albumin/creatinine level is low 3.5 what I wanted to do to increase the level?

You don't!: A low albumin/creatinine ratio is a good thing! As the level rises, that means the amount of Albumin you are spilling into your urine is abnormal, and could need treatment. This is called "microalbuminuria". ...Read more