I got my next lot of tests done this week and unfortunately the results were not what I was hoping for…but I can only blame myself for that as the last few week’s I have not exercised and been having a little piece of cake here and there…just goes to show! Below is the tracking sheet of my results over the last 8 months.
Creatinine is a waste product made by the muscles. Creatinine passes into the bloodstream, and is usually passed out in urine. A high blood level of creatinine indicates that the kidneys may not be working properly. Creatinine has been found to be a fairly reliable indicator of kidney function. The normal range is about 45-97. Mine has reduced significantly to 414, however has increased since my last tests done in March. So I have some work to do!
Egfr (estimated glomuler filtration rate) provides a guide to kidney function. Although the level of creatinine in the blood is a useful guide to kidney function, the eGFR is a more accurate measure. The normal range for Egfr is between 90 and 120. My Egfr is sitting at 11 (no movement this month but has increased from 7 so heading in the right direction.
Urea is a waste product formed from the breakdown of proteins. Urea is usually passed out in the urine. A high blood level of urea indicates that the kidneys may not be working properly. A normal urea level is an indicator that protein in the body is being metabolized properly.Normal urea levels in healthy adults are between 10 and 20.
Dissolved salts that are routinely measured are sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate. They are sometimes referred to as ‘electrolytes’. Abnormal blood levels of any of these may be due to a kidney problem.
Chloride is one of the most important electrolytes in the blood. It helps keep the amount of fluid inside and outside of your cells in balance. It also helps maintain proper blood volume, blood pressure and PH of your body fluids. My chloride level is sitting at the perfect level of 101, normal range in an adult is between 96 and 106.
Sodium is a substance that the body needs to work properly. The normal range for blood sodium levels is 135 to 145. Mine is currently at 137 so this is at a very good level.
Potassium helps keep the water (the amount of fluid inside and outside the body’s cells) and electrolyte balance of the body. Potassium is also important in how nerves and muscles work. Normal Potassium level ranges between 3.5 and 5.2. My potassium level is at 5.6. So need to keep an eye on this.
Bicarbonate: Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a gaseous waste product from metabolism. The blood carries carbon dioxide to your lungs, where it is exhaled. More than 90% of carbon dioxide in your blood exists in the form of bicarbonate. The rest of the carbon dioxide is either dissolved carbon dioxide gas or carbonic acid. Your kidneys and lungs balance the levels of carbon dioxide, bicarbonate, and carbonic acid in the blood. Bicarbonate is a chemical (buffer) that keeps the PH of blood from becoming too acidic or too basic. The normal range for bicarbonate is between 23 and 30. Another area to keep an eye on.
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