Another topic from my diabetes magazine.
Serum creatinine levels numbers mean different things for normals and diabetics or peeps with hypertension. Diabetics can have decreased kidney function even in the absence of albumin in the urine. This can be caused by clogged blood vessels that supply the kidneys (atherosclerosis) and other problems.
Your kidney function should be checked annually with a test called an estimated GFR. This will give you a number that will help you determine your level of kidney function. When you get your lab tests there is a website (for doctors) that will help you calculate what your estimated GFR numbers mean.GFR Calculator
Becoming educated about
our lab tests can help us stay aware of the true nature of our diabetic condition and also help us stay on track. Blood glucose control is one part of the puzzle and understanding lab numbers is also important.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class! Yours may be one of them...
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