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11-21-2009, 08:42 AM
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Can you raise your egfr
I would be interested to know if you can raise your egfr and creatitine levels. Mine was low once before and went back to normal. I would be interested in knowing if anyone has had success or at least maintaining the level they are atZed3
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11-21-2009, 09:55 AM
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Vaslim...your GFR could go up...it fluctuates...diet is key. What you "don't want" is for your creatinine levels to rise...that's a no no...

I think that.... kidneyschool.org...would be a site you will want to check into...

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11-21-2009, 09:58 AM
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(11-21-2009 09:55 AM)Jester Wrote:  Vaslim...your GFR could go up...it fluctuates...diet is key. What you "don't want" is for your creatinine levels to rise...that's a no no...

I think that.... kidneyschool.org...would be a site you will want to check into...

Kidney School is an interactive, web-based learning program in 20-minute modules. It was designed to help people learn what they need to know to understand kidney disease and its treatment, adjust to kidney disease, make good medical choices.

I will check that out, my creatine right now is 1.06
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11-21-2009, 10:32 AM (This post was last modified: 11-21-2009 10:34 AM by angieskidney.)
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This thread interested me as I am trying to help my cousin in my city who has had diabetes all his life and was just told by my Nephrologist that his Creatinine was really low but not told exact numbers. I can't go with him on Monday because I will be out of town for my transplant check up appointment but any advice given to Vaslim I would be interested in reading as well.

I have just been listening to my cousin on what he has been doing, listening to what the Neph has told him, and guided him on the reasons since he is in the dark saying he doesn't understand the reasons so he was thinking the doctor was wrong.

Our Nephrologist is telling him to drink a lot because he still has kidney function and the Neph is trying to determine if his kidneys are failing or if he is just dehydrated.

Now on that note, I want to say that no one can give you advice on the net regarding which direction to take your care as everyone's case is different. Depending on stage and cause of GFR going down could make all the difference on what type of action to take in your care..

Have you tried discussing with your Nephrologist for more answers? Such as why it is going up and down and what the exact numbers are and a copy of your labs every time so you can keep track and even share them online to get better feedback? It sounds like you have an idea of what things are called but not if they should go up or down so having exact numbers and sharing with us helps.

Oh I see that while I posted both Jester and you answered again lol. Oops..

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11-21-2009, 11:53 AM
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Angie, I have just been referred to the Neph and am waiting to be called with any appt. I have all my Lab Reports and am ready with questions. On my last blood test the nite before I drank 4 glasses of water and then drank 4 in the morning.. so I think I was fairly well hydrated. The creatitine high is 1.0 and mine was 1.06 so barely out of the range of high. The egfr went from 57 in Sept to 52 in Nov. So thought that was odd. When I looked at a lab report from a couple of years ago it dropped to 45 and the next time was 57, so go figure. Thank you for taking an interest as I am trying to do my homework. The funny thing is the doctors nurse is the one that called me and said he wanted to know if I would be willing to go to a specialist, so of course I said yes. He didn't really say time was of the esscence lol. So have to wait for Neph to call with the appt
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11-21-2009, 12:58 PM (This post was last modified: 11-21-2009 01:08 PM by angieskidney.)
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The typical reference ranges are 0.5 to 1.0 mg/dL (about 45-90 μmol/l) for women and 0.7 to 1.2 mg/dL (60-110 μmol/l) for men. While a baseline serum creatinine of 2.0 mg/dL (150 μmol/l) may indicate normal kidney function in a male body builder, a serum creatinine of 0.7 mg/dL (60 μmol/l) can indicate significant renal disease in a frail old woman.

This is why it is important to know what numbers are good for one person might not be for another, so I am glad you are learning before you see your Nephrologist as this will give you more of an idea of what to ask and discuss! Write down all the questions you have to make sure you don't forget any! Smile

People do not realize but as we age our Creatinine does naturally go up some which means our GFR goes down (function goes down). It is important to ask what is normal for your age bracket.

In the United States, creatinine is typically reported in mg/dL, while in Canada and Europe μmol/litre may be used. 1 mg/dL of creatinine is 88.4 μmol/l.

I am Canadian so I had to look up what is normal in American numbers! Wink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creatinine

And this GFR calculator you might find interesting as it gives more info Wink

http://www.davita.com/gfr-calculator/

Which according to another post you made which said your age and that you are a woman, it uses 1.0 (not as far as 1.06) which puts you at
GFR = 55 Stage 3 CKD if you are white, hispanic or asian
or GFR = 67 Stage 2 CKD if you are black (amazing the difference right?)

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11-21-2009, 02:05 PM
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(11-21-2009 08:42 AM)vaslim Wrote:  I would be interested to know if you can raise your egfr and creatitine levels. Mine was low once before and went back to normal. I would be interested in knowing if anyone has had success or at least maintaining the level they are atZed3

It's important to know that you dont want to see your creatinine numbers
rise, so in general vaslim, creatinine levels may be 10%-30% higher in people
who eat a diet that is very high in meat though, also do you exercise? because
it is possible to see a rise iin creatinine if you exercise regularly.

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11-21-2009, 06:42 PM
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(11-21-2009 12:58 PM)angieskidney Wrote:  The typical reference ranges are 0.5 to 1.0 mg/dL (about 45-90 μmol/l) for women and 0.7 to 1.2 mg/dL (60-110 μmol/l) for men. While a baseline serum creatinine of 2.0 mg/dL (150 μmol/l) may indicate normal kidney function in a male body builder, a serum creatinine of 0.7 mg/dL (60 μmol/l) can indicate significant renal disease in a frail old woman.

This is why it is important to know what numbers are good for one person might not be for another, so I am glad you are learning before you see your Nephrologist as this will give you more of an idea of what to ask and discuss! Write down all the questions you have to make sure you don't forget any! Smile

People do not realize but as we age our Creatinine does naturally go up some which means our GFR goes down (function goes down). It is important to ask what is normal for your age bracket.

In the United States, creatinine is typically reported in mg/dL, while in Canada and Europe μmol/litre may be used. 1 mg/dL of creatinine is 88.4 μmol/l.

I am Canadian so I had to look up what is normal in American numbers! Wink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creatinine

And this GFR calculator you might find interesting as it gives more info Wink

http://www.davita.com/gfr-calculator/

Which according to another post you made which said your age and that you are a woman, it uses 1.0 (not as far as 1.06) which puts you at
GFR = 55 Stage 3 CKD if you are white, hispanic or asian
or GFR = 67 Stage 2 CKD if you are black (amazing the difference right?)

vaslim Wrote:I am Vaslim aka Donna. I am 66 and have really had good health all my life.
It is amazing so I am hoping that 1.06 is not horrifying and the 55 is not really to low. I am really hoping I am not stage 3 out of the clear blue but time will tell. Thanks for the additional info
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