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I am a 49 year old female 5 feet 167 pounds. My doctors have done blood work on me and says my creatinine levels are higher then before. Can this be related to drinking heavily mostly on weekends. Looking forward to your answer. Magaly
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replied April 20th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.

Measuring serum creatinine is a simple test and it is the most commonly used indicator of renal function. More important than absolute creatinine level is the trend of serum creatinine levels over time.

Serum creatinine is typically reported in mg/dL, In some cases it can be reported in μmol/litre may be used. 1 mg/dL of creatinine is 88.4 μmol/L.

The typical human reference ranges for serum creatinine are:
For women 0.5 to 1.0 mg/dL (about 45-90 μmol/L) and
In case of men 0.7 to 1.2 mg/dL (60-110 μmol/L) for men

Excessive alcohol consumption can have profound negative effects on the kidneys and their function in maintaining the body’s fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance, leaving alcoholic people vulnerable to a host of kidney related health problems.

But Alcohol intake has not been found to affect the serum creatinine levels directly. But in association of liver disease, like cirrhosis, it does result in hepatorenal syndrome, which is associated with elevated Creatinine and BUN.

You might continue to work with your doctors to control conditions such as Diabetes, hypertension etc and monitor the Kidney function tests at regular intervals so that appropriate measures might be taken.

I hope this helps.


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