My father has creatinine 1.9 please advise - Kidney Disease

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My father has creatinine 1.9 please advise

pdalai
pdalai

Hi All, My father has diabetics from last 15yr and yesterday we did blood test creatinine is 1.9 and urea is 38 in april creatinine was 1.54 and urea was 30. we tested the blood sugar and the FBS is 137 and PPBS is 231. Doctor has prescribed some medicine along with insulin. Please let me know what is my father's kidney condition and please suggest some diet chart.

Thanks for your help.

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You can use use this link:

kidney.org/professionals/kd...

to determine your fathers level of kidney function. Use his age and creatinine level that will tell you his stage.

pdalai
pdalai in reply to DaveThebe

Thanks so much for sharing the link. I will have a look and let you know on this.

Hello Pdalai! Welcome to the forum! I’m sorry to hear about all of your father’s distress.

First thing he needs to do is get his blood sugar under control. To do this, he will need to follow a low carbohydrate diet (very little fruits, pastas, rice, bread, potatoes, any sweets, etc.), but also, to help with his kidney function, he will need to follow a kidney-friendly diet and exercise regimen as well.

Chances are, much as in my case, his kidneys may have been weakened by diabetes and quite possibly, high blood pressure. Those are usually the two main culprits of Chronic Kidney Disease.

What he should do now in order to slow down any progression of CKD, if that is indeed what the issue is (he should get a confirmed diagnosis from his family doctor and / or nephrologist), is to follow a low-potassium, low-phosphorus, and low-sodium diet plan. There are many websites that you can visit to get lists of kidney-kind food items and beverages, and even some pretty good recipes too. Just Google kidney-friendly foods.

He should keep away from any over-the-counter NSAID medications also, such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve and even Aspirin. These are bad for the kidneys. For pain relief, advise him to use Tylenol instead, unless he has any liver issues or allergies to acetaminophen. And always discuss with his doctor first, any prescribed anti-inflammatory meds, antibiotics, blood pressure drugs, diuretics, and anything that contains steroids as well.

And to lower his creatinine, he should be eating less protein, (red meats, chicken, pork, dairy (cheese, yogourt, etc.), any protein bars or shakes), and even plant-based proteins such as beans (except for green beans), lentils, chick peas, nuts and seeds, any whole grains such as whole wheat, oats, rice, quinoa, barley, etc. as these are high in protein and protein can be hard on the kidneys.

Also to help lower creatinine, he should be eating a diet high in fibre (mostly from low-potassium fruits and vegetables - check online). And drinking plenty of water daily is also good to help flush out his system. If you’re unsure of how much water per day is the right amount, ask his doctor because this can differ with everyone.

And very little, or no heavy weight-lifting exercise, as this also raises creatinine levels by releasing creatine (protein) from the muscles into the bloodstream. The best exercise is walking for about 30 - 40 minutes once or twice daily. This helps to keep his heart rate up.

Also some other things for him to limit or stay away from completely, are smoking, chocolate, dark sodas, alcoholic beverages, regular coffee (try decaffeinated coffee instead, it’s better for blood pressure).

I hope you find these few tips helpful, dear. Once again, welcome to the community! I wish you and your father all my best. Please keep us posted on his progress. Do stay well, and God bless. Bye for now! 😊👍🙏✌️

pdalai
pdalai in reply to Sammi_n_Munk

Thank you so much for your input. I believe it would help in father case. Thanks so much.

PattyM_NKF
PattyM_NKFModerator in reply to pdalai

Hello pdalai - Sammi's sharing covered great information. I thought this link to exercise specifically might be helpful in addition to all the good suggestions Sammi provided: kidney.org/atoz/content/sta...

pdalai
pdalai in reply to Sammi_n_Munk

Yes, He has high blood pressure as well. We have been following some diet that you have mentioned. Thanks. Please let me know if egg white is good to eat in this condition.

Sammi_n_Munk
Sammi_n_Munk in reply to pdalai

Yes. I often eat just egg whites also, as they are low in phosphorus (most of the phosphorus is in the egg yolk), and egg whites are also lower in protein (6 grams of protein per 1 egg white) and also low in calories (only 17 calories per egg white - Yay!!! Lol! 😊)

pdalai
pdalai in reply to Sammi_n_Munk

Thank You for the update.

I'm getting worried. I was alerted yesterday to kidney failure but waiting 2nd blood test this week to confirm but please tell me what do you eat? I'm already on low salt, sugar, etc for heart failure. Dairy gives me nausea and I'm off protein as i just dont have the appetite. If you could give me some tips on the most useful things to put on my shopping list i would be grateful

Hello Love100cats! I love cats too! Lol! It sounds as though you’re doing all the right things by your diet as is, but if you’re trying to go easier on your kidneys (at least until you know for certain where you stand with your kidney function), the best thing to do is to consume plenty of low-potassium, high-fibre fruits and vegetables such as apples, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, grapes, cucumbers, red bell peppers, zucchinis, spring mix lettuce, cabbage, etc.

Also, you can eat a little protein such as lean chicken, fish, and egg whites are good for you as well, but they say only a portion size no bigger than a deck of cards when it comes to protein. Unless your doctor advises you differently, you should try to eat a little protein every day, as it is important to keep your hemoglobin levels as normal as possible because it can be essential to your energy level as well.

Remember too, it is very important to keep yourself well hydrated by drinking plenty of water daily. This will help flush your kidneys and your entire system, which can also help with your GFR levels. If you’re unsure of how much water is a safe amount per day, just ask your doctor, as this can differ for everyone.

Try to stay away from any anti-inflammatory medications, even over-the-counter brands such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve and even Aspirin. For pain relief, try Tylenol instead providing you have no liver issues or allergies to acetaminophen. Tylenol is processed by the liver, therefore, much better for the kidneys. And always discuss with your doctor any new prescribed drugs such as antibiotics, diuretics and some steroids, as these can be rough on the kidneys also.

With regard to exercise, try to limit or omit altogether any heavy weight-lifting as this type of exertion can raise creatinine levels by releasing protein from the muscles into your bloodstream. Try some daily walking (about 30 - 40 minutes, once or twice a day). This helps to keep your heart rate up, which is good for helping your entire metabolism and keeping your energy level up.

Always remember also, to consult with your doctor on any changes you make to diet and exercise regimen. If you feel it’s necessary, you could ask your physician for a referral to a renal dietician. And there are many websites that you can visit like kidneyschool.org, and others, that will provide you with kidney-friendly food lists and recipes that you may find helpful. Just enter your kidney question into the Google search engine, and a variety of websites will come up.

I hope these few tips will help you along until your doctor can offer you some confirmation on where you are with your kidney function. I wish you all of my best dear. Please do keep us posted on how you come along. I look forward to hearing more from you! Remember we are always here for you to offer some sound advice and any support you need. Take good care of yourself, and stay well. God bless. 😊👍🙏✌️

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