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CREATININE TEST DEFINITION

A creatinine test is a test to see how much creatinine is in your bloodstream. In turn, the amount of creatinine in your blood determines some important information regarding the health and wellbeing of your kidneys. Creatinine is actually a waste product produced by your muscle metabolism and by eating meat.

CREATININE TEST PURPOSE

You may be required by your doctor to take a creatinine test if you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and he wants to monitor it. The test can also be used to keep an eye on kidney disease, kidney damage, or if you're taking drugs that may affect kidney function.

CREATININE TEST RISKS

Blood drawing risks include rare instances of excessive bleeding and lightheadedness. It's also sometimes difficult to find a vein because veins vary in size from one side of the body to the other and from person to person, so difficulty in blood drawing will also vary.

CREATININE TEST PREPARATION REQUIRED

The creatinine test is a common blood test, so you don't need to go on a special diet or fast before taking the test. If your blood sample is required for tests other than the creatinine test, you may need to fast, but that depends on what other tests you'll be taking as informed by your doctor.

CREATININE TEST PROCEDURE

A needle is inserted into the vein in your arm and blood is drawn out. This blood sample is then sent to a laboratory for creatinine level analysis. After undergoing the procedure, you're free to go back to your normal activities. There are times when you'll be required to provide a urine sample to test its creatinine levels as well.

CREATININE TEST COMPLICATIONS

Complications from having your blood drawn include bruising, excessive bleeding, fainting, lightheadedness, and infection (which are all risks every time your skin is penetrated or otherwise broken).

CREATININE TEST SIDE EFFECTS

Throbbing and persistent pain on the penetration site is the most common side effect to having your blood drawn. Otherwise, a creatinine test doesn't have side effects for the most part.

CREATININE TEST RESULTS

Creatinine blood test results are typically measured in micromoles per liter or milligrams per deciliter. The normal, healthy creatinine levels in your blood ranges from 0.6 to 1.2 mg/dL or 53 to 106 mmol/L. Take note that this range can differ from one lab to another, by age, and by gender. It's also important to remember that as muscle mass increases, creatinine levels increase as well.
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