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Low creatinine level in the blood

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Low creatinine level in the blood
Last update: 25/03/2020

What is low creatinine level in blood called?

  • Hypocreatinemia

What is the normal level of creatinine in the blood?

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What does a low blood creatinine levels mean?

Low creatinine level in the blood is not common and its clinical significance is unclear.

Hypocreatinemia is seen when the liver or the muscles are not working properly. It may be a consequence of a low-protein diet or malnutrition.

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

  • Moderate hypocreatinemia (< 0.5 mg/dl in adult men, < 0.7 mg/dl in adult women):

    Creatinine low in the blood is very rare. It may be due to a general disease or in case of unbalanced diets or malnutrition. It is recommended to do again the creatinine blood test before thinking in any disease.

Which factors can reduce creatinine blood levels?

There are some circumstances than can reduce your creatinine level in the blood:

  • Muscle atrophy

Which diseases can reduce your creatinine blood levels?

Lower than normal level of creatinine in the blood can be due to:

  • Myasthenia gravis

What can I do to increase creatinine blood levels?

If your creatinine level in the blood is a bit low, the following tips can help you:

  • Increase your protein intake. Meat, fish, milk and eggs are rich in protein. If you are vegetarian, nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts ) and soybeans are an alternative source of proteins
  • Increase your potassium intake (bananas, nuts, etc.)

Where can I find more information about creatinine in the blood?

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Which values are considered a low creatinine level in the blood?

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

IMPORTANT: These levels are expressed in mg/dl They are an example of a healthy man of about 45 years of age with no known disease, an adequate muscular tone, not taking any medication and with an appropriate intake of protein in the diet. The ranges can be different depending on the laboratory or on your personal circumstances.

Moderate hypocreatinemia
0.69 mg/dl0.68 mg/dl0.67 mg/dl0.66 mg/dl0.65 mg/dl0.64 mg/dl0.63 mg/dl0.62 mg/dl
0.61 mg/dl0.6 mg/dl0.59 mg/dl0.58 mg/dl0.57 mg/dl0.56 mg/dl0.55 mg/dl0.54 mg/dl
0.53 mg/dl0.52 mg/dl0.51 mg/dl0.5 mg/dl0.49 mg/dl0.48 mg/dl0.47 mg/dl0.46 mg/dl
0.45 mg/dl0.44 mg/dl0.43 mg/dl0.42 mg/dl0.41 mg/dl0.4 mg/dl0.39 mg/dl0.38 mg/dl
0.37 mg/dl0.36 mg/dl0.35 mg/dl0.34 mg/dl0.33 mg/dl0.32 mg/dl0.31 mg/dl0.3 mg/dl
0.29 mg/dl0.28 mg/dl0.27 mg/dl0.26 mg/dl0.25 mg/dl0.24 mg/dl0.23 mg/dl0.22 mg/dl
0.21 mg/dl0.2 mg/dl0.19 mg/dl0.18 mg/dl0.17 mg/dl0.16 mg/dl0.15 mg/dl0.14 mg/dl
0.13 mg/dl0.12 mg/dl0.11 mg/dl0.1 mg/dl0.09 mg/dl0.08 mg/dl0.07 mg/dl0.06 mg/dl
0.05 mg/dl0.04 mg/dl0.03 mg/dl0.02 mg/dl0.01 mg/dl0 mg/dl  
Medically reviewed by Javier Muga Bustamante Ph.D. on 25/03/2020


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