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Kidney function study: study of kidney function

  1. Through kidney function tests the doctor learns more about the cause of certain complaints and the functioning of the kidneys. Healthy kidneys remove waste and excess fluid from the blood. Blood tests show whether or not the kidneys are able to remove waste products. Urine tests can show how quickly waste products are removed from the body and whether the kidneys are also leaking abnormal amounts of protein. Creatinine is a waste product; creatinine levels in the blood can vary and each laboratory has its own normal values. In many laboratories, the normal value is anywhere from 0.6 to 1.2 mg / dl. Higher levels can be a sign that the kidneys are not working properly. As kidney disease progresses, creatinine levels in the blood increase. Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) is produced by the breakdown of food proteins. A normal BUN level is between 7 and 20 mg / dl. As kidney function declines, the BUN level increases.

Kidneys: function and position

  1. Location of the kidneys

Treatment of early stage kidney disease

  1. The physician will focus on treating the underlying condition if the tests indicate kidney disease. The doctor will prescribe medication to control blood pressure if the tests indicate high blood pressure or hypertension. In that case, lifestyle and dietary adjustments are also necessary. A healthy lifestyle



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