Don’t be fooled by the name! It may have “create” in it, but it can also create some worry if your levels are too high. While creatinine is a natural waste product filtered from the body, certain factors can raise levels and point to potential health hazards.
But first, we need to explain more about creatinine, including what it is, how it’s formed, and why you should pay attention to it. Read on to learn everything you need to know about creatinine and how to manage it…
What is Creatinine?
As explained by Medical News Today, creatinine is produced by muscle exertion (and consuming a lot of protein) and is a natural waste product of the body. It is found in the bloodstream and urine, and it’s the job of the kidneys to get rid of it.
Because of this, those with a kidney condition may be at higher risk for high levels of this waste product. In fact, high levels of creatinine found in a simple blood test can be an indicator of an underlying health issue affecting the kidneys, it adds.