Question: My father has long-term diabetes. His creatinine level was checked out 4.6 last Saturday, but now his creatinine level is 6.3. Does creatinine 6.3 indicate dialysis?
Answer: Creatinine, second to GFR, is another reliable indicator for how well kidneys are working. According to clinical survey, patients are suggested to consider dialysis when their creatinine level rises to 5mg/dl. However, creatinine shouldn’t be the only factor that determines when patients start dialysis.
If your father doesn’t have any other serious complication except creatinine 6.3, it is still possible for him to get rid of dialysis, but he needs to reduce his creatinine level immediately.
To lower creatinine level, diuretics and ketosteril are used commonly. Diuretic plays its function through increasing urine output and taking away more waste products, while ketosteril works by slowing down the progress of chronic kidney disease including diabetic kidney disease. Besides, some herbal tea like dandelion root are also helpful. (To know which type is good for you, you can consult the online doctor directly.)
Another thing your father should do is to control his blood sugar. In addition insulin, he can also try Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy, which can prompt the regeneration of damaged pancreatic cells and stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin. What’s more, Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy can also help protect remaining kidney function, so it is worth a try.
However, if your father still has some other serious complications such as acidosis and refractory swelling, he should start dialysis earlier to prevent more severe problems.