The abnormal levels can also be caused due to heavy workout routine, medications, or chemotherapy drugs. There are certain health conditions that can also cause abnormal levels of the substance. Your body cannot function properly if it has higher or lower levels of creatinine. Hence, it is important to undergo proper treatments to manage the creatinine levels.
The level of the substance can be measured with the help of a urine test or blood test. For the urine test, your need to collect your urine for 24 hours. Your doctor may ask you to collect the urine in a container and store in a cool place. The urine is later sent to the lab for analysis.
While the blood test is similar to any blood test, wherein the healthcare professional will draw a blood sample from your arms. The test is also done as part of other routine medical tests. The test is also helpful to check the functioning of kidneys and diagnose kidney-related ailments.
Certain medications can cause kidney damage. If you are on medication for a longer time or if you take certain medications that can affect your kidney health, your doctor may recommend you do the test at regular intervals. If you have certain health conditions like diabetes or hypertension, your doctor may recommend you do the test once every few months.
Here’s what creatinine levels mean
The creatinine levels in your blood or urine are measured in milligrams per decilitre of blood i.e. mg/dL. The normal range may vary depending on various factors including age and gender.
Usually, 0.5 to 1.1 mg/dL for women and 0.8 to 1.3 mg/dL for men is considered the normal range. The levels are higher in people who are muscular.
High creatinine levels
It is an indication that your kidneys are not functioning properly. High levels are mostly caused by damage to kidneys that makes it difficult to flush out creatinine from your blood.