A waste product made by the breakdown of proteins and released into the blood. Measuring the creatinine in your blood (serum creatinine) is the simplest way to monitor kidney function. As your kidney function slows down, the creatinine level in your blood will rise. Your Nurse and Dietitian may suggest you adjust the amount of protein you eat each day.
The ratio of creatinine removed in your urine to the amount present in blood. It is an accurate measure of how well the kidneys are cleaning the creatinine from your body.
A waste product in the blood that results from the normal breakdown of protein. Healthy kidneys filter the blood and remove urea, which is then released into the urine. When your kidneys are not filtering properly, urea builds up in your blood.
A protein in your blood. Measuring serum albumin will tell if you are malnourished or not. This is a common problem in people with kidney disease, since you may lose your appetite and may not feel very hungry.
Is a measure of your blood's ability to carry oxygen. Normal haemoglobin ranges from 110 to 160 mg/dl for most people who do not have kidney disease. Your doctor will decide on what is the best range for you based on your kidney function.
Is the measure of the percentage of your blood that is made up of red blood cells. The normal range is between 33% and 35%. Your Doctor and Nurse monitor your haemoglobin and haematocrit because when these levels are low, it is an important sign of anemia.