What Is Low Creatinine Level
Everyday there is breakdown of muscle tissue and waste product formed enters the bloodstream. Our kidney filters the creatinine through urine out of the body and maintains the normal creatinine level. The level of creatinine thus indicates the amount of the muscles in the body and kidney function. Low level of creatinine is an indication that muscles or kidney is not functioning properly. Fortunately there are low creatinine level treatments to gain healthy level of creatinine in the blood.
Keep reading our article to know the causes behind loe creatinine level, sign and symptoms of low creatinine level, management and dietary modifications to stay healthy.
What causes low Creatinine level?
Low creatinine level is caused due to muscle diseases such as muscle dystrophy. Other disease conditions causing low creatinine levels include liver diseases that cause poor liver function interfering with production of creatinine. Excessive intake of water also leads to low creatinine levels.
Creatinine is made in the body naturally but a small amount also comes from food thus low level of creatinine can also be related to diet. Creatinine is found in meat thus those who follow no protein diet or vegetarians are likely to have low levels of creatinine in comparison to people who eat meat. Prolonged illness that prevents a person from eating and pregnancy also causes low level of creatinine.
What are the Sign and Symptoms of Low Creatinine level?
Low level of creatinine causes symptoms depending on the underlying cause. If the cause is low muscle mass the patient experiences difficulty in exercise, lack of strength, and frail and thin body. In case the low level of creatinine is due to some underlying liver diseases there is pain in upper right-side of the abdomen, nausea and fatigue. If cause is diet related it leads to dizziness and weight loss. In most of the cases the above symptoms are not clear indication of low creatinine levels thus your doctor may ask you get tested for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Medical Treatment for Low Creatinine
Treatment of low creatinine level depends upon the underlying cause. The treatment focuses on treating the underlying condition and alleviating the symptoms. To treat muscle diseases your doctor may prescribe corticosteroid that strengthens your muscles and improve the quality of life. If low creatinine level is due to pregnancy it normalises after the delivery of child. If creatinine level is not due to any muscle disease your doctor may prescribe ways to strengthen and increase the muscle mass without medications. You may be asked to increase your physical activity and strength training. Try swimming, aerobics, walking or weight lifting. In addition you are asked to modify your diet routine to rebuild your lost muscles.
Diagnosis of low Creatinine level
Creatinine test is conducted to measure the level of creatinine in your bloodstream. Creatinine urine test may also be done for the same. If the above tests reveal that the creatinine level is low your doctor may ask you to get other tests such as enzyme test or muscle biopsy to rule out any muscular disease.
Exercise to Manage Low Creatinine level
Exercise that helps to improve the muscle mass includes weightlifting, squats, lunges, pull ups, pull downs, seated dumbbell press, leg raise and weighed abdominal crunches. For some exercises you may need to go to the gym but others can be e practice at home. Meet your trainer before you start with exercises.
Dietary Modification to Manage low Creatively Level
Eat 5-6 healthy but small meals daily. Make sure your diet is rich in protein foods such as lentils, lean meat, cheese, yoghurt, soy, seafood and cottage cheese. Also include foods rich in calcium in your diet such as green leafy vegetables, milk and egg. Take daily morning sun bath to store vitamin D. Make sure to avoid alcohol.
How to Prevent Muscle Loss due to Low Creatinine Level
If you do not have any underlying medical issue then this very easy to restore low creatinine level. Follow a healthy diet rich in protein, vitamin D, magnesium, calcium and other important nutrients. Work out regularly to strengthen your muscles. Get enough sleep for at least 8 hours daily. To prevent dehydration make sure to drink 9 to 10 glasses of water every day. Limit the intake of alcohol and make sure not to cut down carbohydrate intake. To promote the health of kidneys along with water drink fruit juices such as lemon juice and cranberry juice to detoxify your kidneys and prevent kidney stones.
We have tried to provide you all the basic information on how to manage low creatinine level. For further queries meet your health care provider.
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta: Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.