Creatinine is the product of muscle metabolism. The concentration of creatinine is not easy to be affected by diets and obvious increase of creatinine level indicates serious kidney damages and poor prognosis. When the creatinine level is too much high, dialysis is suggested to help kidneys filter excessive wastes and toxins.
Why does high creatinine occur before dialysis?
As mentioned above, creatinine elevates due to diminished kidney function. When kidneys are not functioning well, it means the kidney fails to discharge excessive wastes such as creatinine and urea due to the decreased glomerular filtration rate. The glomeruli are damaged due to inflammation or cellular proliferation on the walls of glomerular blood vessels. Then, the glomeruli look like blocked channels so that wastes and toxins are kept inside the body, causing high creatinine level.
Is dialysis a effective way to lower creatinine level?
Dialysis, also called “artificial kidney”, is to purify the blood and rectify the disorders and imbalances of water, electrolyte and acid-base. Usually the creatinine level for starting dialysis for male is 2.5-7.0mg/dl (220-620mmol/L) and it is 2.0-5.2mg/dl (180-460mmol/L) for the female. But one thing needs to be noted that this may not apply to all cases. It should depend on many factors such as the primary cause of kidney damages, physiological factors, physical conditions, symptoms and complications, etc. Dialysis indeed can lower creatinine with significant effect, but the effect is permanent. When patients stop dialysis, they always see an elevation of creatinine level. what’s more, during the process, patients may experience some other side effects of dialysis, for instance, fever, muscle cramps, headache, low blood pressure, etc.
To lower creatinine level and avoid dialysis, the key point is to improve kidney function to enhance the self-repairing ability of kidneys. Healthy diet and scientific life style are also important. If you want to live a high-quality life without dialysis, we can help you.