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High albumin level in the blood

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High albumin level in the blood

What is high albumin level in the blood called?

  • Hyperalbuminemia

What is the normal albumin level in the blood?

If you need to know which are the albumin reference ranges or you require more information about the role of albumin in the blood you can visit: Normal albumin level in the blood

What does a high albumin level in the blood mean?

A high albumin level in the blood is not usually a matter to be worried. An albumin level above the normal range has an unclear clinical significance.

The main cause may be a dehydration due to excessive exercise or heat. It may be also seen if the water intake is low.

Albumin blood values are usually given in g/dl but sometimes you can see these values in mmol/l following the International System of Units (SI). In case your values are in mmol/l you can convert them using this tool:

mmol/L

Hyperalbuminemia or high albumin blood levels mean:

  • Mild hyperalbuminemia (5.4 – 10 g/dl in adults):

    Hyperalbuminemia or a high albumin level in the blood is rare. There is not a clear cause for an increase of albumin in the blood.

    The three main reasons are:

    • Dehydration
    • High protein intake
    • A bandage or tourniquet for a long time

    These instances are not related to any disease and it is not a matter for concern.

    Some drugs may also cause an increase in the albumin level. If you are taking any type of medication, please ask it to your doctor.

Which factors can raise the albumin level in the blood?

There are some health circumstances or drugs than can raise your albumin level in the blood:

  • Protein excess intake
  • Dehydration (due to excessive sweating, vomiting or diarrhea)
  • Shock
  • Tourniquet
  • Drugs
    • Androgen
    • Anabolic steroids
    • Growth hormone
    • Insulins

Which diseases can raise your albumin level in the blood?

A high albumin level in the blood is not a sign of any concrete disease.

      What can I do to lower the albumin level in the blood?

      If your albumin level in the blood is too high you can consider the following tips:

      • Increase the water and fluid intake.
      • Reduce the protein intake.
      • Look to your medication. Ask your doctor if the drugs you are taking may alter your albumin levels.

      Where can I find more information about albumin level in the blood?

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      Which values are considered a high albumin level in the blood?

      The following values are considered to be above the normal range:

      IMPORTANT: These levels are expressed in g/dl. They are an example of a healthy man of about 45 years old with no known disease and not taking any medication. The ranges can be different depending on the laboratory or on your personal circumstances.

      Albumin
      Mild hyperalbuminemia
      5.5 g/dL5.6 g/dL5.7 g/dL5.8 g/dL5.9 g/dL6 g/dL6.1 g/dL6.2 g/dL
      6.3 g/dL6.4 g/dL6.5 g/dL6.6 g/dL6.7 g/dL6.8 g/dL6.9 g/dL7 g/dL
      7.1 g/dL7.2 g/dL7.3 g/dL7.4 g/dL7.5 g/dL7.6 g/dL7.7 g/dL7.8 g/dL
      7.9 g/dL8 g/dL8.1 g/dL8.2 g/dL8.3 g/dL8.4 g/dL8.5 g/dL8.6 g/dL
      8.7 g/dL8.8 g/dL8.9 g/dL9 g/dL9.1 g/dL9.2 g/dL9.3 g/dL9.4 g/dL
      9.5 g/dL9.6 g/dL9.7 g/dL9.8 g/dL9.9 g/dL10 g/dL  
      Last update: 23/10/2020

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