My Thyroid and Me Chapter 11 - Kidneys
With having Hypothyroidism and taking medication it is a required to get regular blood checks called TSH. The blood test is the best way to monitor your thyroid hormone replacement. TSH is made in the pituitary gland and the blood levels reflect how your own body is responding to the amount of thyroxine in your blood.
In my recent tests it appeared that my kidney levels, Serum Creatinine, were slight high indicating there could be further health issues.
Hearing this news as you can imagine is disheartening, and it got me looking into more depth on how your thyroids can have an effect on your kidneys, and how I can improve these levels.
Below are a few facts I discovered.
Please note I am not a medical professional, and if you do have any concerns please consult to your GP or medical advisor for further guidance.
What is Serum Creatinine
Creatinine is a waste product that’s made by your muscles. Your kidneys work to filter creatinine as well as other waste products out of your blood. After being filtered, these waste products are then expelled from your body in urine.
Measuring creatinine levels can provide important insights into how your kidneys may be functioning. Your doctor can measure creatinine levels in both your blood and in your urine.
Creatinine levels that are above or below normal ranges may indicate the presence of a health condition.
According to Mayo Clinic, the normal range of creatinine (for an adult) in the blood is typically:
European units: 74.3 to 107 micromoles per liter (umol/L)
Thyroid hormones and kidney function
A certain level of thyroid hormones is necessary for your kidneys to filter out toxic substances from your blood, so proper kidney function is dependent on thyroid activity and health
Hypothyroidism causes your blood creatinine levels to hike, presumably due to a decrease in the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). However, these changes develop rapidly and are reversible in most cases.
Creatinine is derived mainly from muscle metabolism
- proportional to muscle mass
- virtually all excreted by the kidneys
- usually produced at a steadier rate for a given individual compared to urea
- plasma creatinine is used as a measure of renal function.
From reading several articles and leaning more about Creatinine, as I am yet to have confirmation from my urine test results for further investigation, I have decided to follow the below facts to help improve my condition in hope to achieve a better result in my next blood and urine tests.
Lifestyle changes to prevent kidney disease are the same as the steps taken to treat early stages of kidney disease:
- Consume a healthy, low-fat and low-salt diet
- Reduce protein in take
- Eat more Fiber
- Exercise regularly
- Loss and Maintain a healthy weight
- Keep blood pressure in check
- Limit alcohol intake
Although meat is a big staple in my diet, I feel this will be the hardest to reduce, but by cutting it down to a few days a week, I’m sure I’ll master it.
My fitness journey is for my health.