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What Does Creatinine Levels Above 5 Means

What Does Creatinine Levels Above 5 Means High creatinine is often a big risk for patient with kidney disease, and what does it mean if a patient have high creatinine level above 5 mg/dL?

Why patient has high creatinine?

Creatinine is a breakdown product of muscle, and it should be filtered out by kidney because it is toxic to our body.

Creatinine produced by our muscles is the main source of creatinine in our blood. For healthy people, almost all creatinine produced by his body can be filtered out in the same day, and the normal creatinine level of human body is 0.5~1.2mg/dL.

Our creatinine level can be affected by many factors, but when high creatinine level is caused by kidney damage, it will be severe. Because our kidney has strong metabolic ability and strong compensation, and kidney damage can not lead to high creatinine level until more than half kidney function is damaged.

What does creatinine level above 5 mean?

The normal creatinine level of our body is 0.5~1.2mg/dL, so creatinine level above 5 is much higher than normal.

By reading this article, patient should already know that high creatinine indicates severe kidney damage. What’s more, due to our kidney’s strong metabolic ability, our creatinine level will have obvious rise until more than two thirds kidney function is damaged, which means patient is already in stage 4 kidney disease.

Besides, when the decline of kidney function is too severe, renal doctor will recommend patient to accept dialysis to prolong his lifetime. Creatinine level is a standard that often is used to assess whether dialysis is needed, and for most patients, when their creatinine level reaches 5mg/dL, they will need this treatment.

In the end, if you have any other trouble in dealing with kidney disease, you can contact our online experts, and we are glad to help you.

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