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My blood urea is 37 , serum creatinine is 1.5 and potassium is 5.6. What does this indicate ?

i am a HT/DM/CAD patient ;undergone bypass surgery in 2000; i have been prescribed with medicines for all the above and am taking regularly ; the HT and DM are well under control;during a normal test of blood recently itwas noticed that my blood urea is 37 , serum creatinine is 1.5 and potasium is 5.6; what does this indicate
Asked On : Sat, 23 Jul 2011
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Nephrologist 's  Response
A creatinine of 1.5 indicates a kidney function of less than 50%. ( because creatine does not rise till 50% function is lost). Most likely it is due to DM and HTN. But it is good to do an ultrasound to check if there is no other problems. Get your urine checked for protein. Some of you heart medications may cause a mild rise in creatinine which is OK. You may need to restrict your salt and fluid (equal to your urine output) else it may put excess load on your heart. Avoid dry fruits, juices, and low sodium salts as they are high in potassium. Green vegetables are high in potassium - boil them for 15 mins and discard the water before preparations. Get a nephrologist to assess you in detail.
Answered: Wed, 3 Aug 2011
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Nephrologist Dr. Sanjeev Behura's  Response
well this could be because of lot of reasons related to underlying DM, HTN etc. it could be because of renal tubular acidosis which can accompany many disorders. few investigation can help rule out such possibility. treatment would be specific accordingly.
Answered: Mon, 25 Jul 2011
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Aashish Raghu's  Response
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You seem to be having mild increase in urea, creatinine and potassium levels. They are elevated because of HTN and DM effect on kidneys. You should avoid salt diet. Drink more water, which can help to decrease the values. Avoid much chicken, meat, beef as it reduces urea levels as well. Eat more fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables. Keep your blood pressure and blood sugar in control which will reduce chances of more damage to kidney.
Answered: Sat, 23 Jul 2011
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