08-17-2010, 12:05 AM #1
Low BUN to Creatinine Ratio... Cause for concern?
I just happened to notice my most recent test result say my "BUN to Creatinine Ratio" is too low. [It's 7 on a range of 8-27.]
I did some digging around and came across the following:
"Low blood levels of creatinine are not common, but they are also not usually a cause for concern. They can be seen with conditions that result in decreased muscle mass."
However, I also found this:
"Low BUN levels are not common and are not usually a cause for concern. They may be seen in severe liver disease, malnutrition, and sometimes when a patient is overhydrated (too much fluid volume), but the BUN test is not usually used to diagnose or monitor these conditions."
I'm a little confused, those statements seem to contradict each other. Is this something I should be concerned about? Could this be as a result of living with Low T for 15+ years? Up until recently I had a pretty sedentary lifestyle due to the advanced stages of andropause . About 15 years ago, I did take Creatine for about 6 months when I was still working out regularly before the LowT really kicked in. Could that have anything to do with it?
Your thoughts please.
Last edited by forrest_and_trees; 08-17-2010 at 12:56 AM.
08-17-2010, 09:01 AM #2
didnt look contradictory to me....both would have me looking into it further....so, no doc discussed it with you? this would be my first step
08-17-2010, 09:53 AM #3
08-17-2010, 11:14 AM #4
Thanks for the comments and Durak, thanks for the reference.
I did see that site, it's where I got one of the quotes, but not that section. I'll have to read up on it further.
I've got a doctor's appointment Thursday to go over my test results. I suppose I'm jumping the gun a little and should wait to hear what my doc has to say.
It's just when I see things like, "signs of severe liver disease" I get a little concerned. I did have some poor drinking habits for many years and used to pound ibuprofen like it was candy after a night of drinking. That was before I learned just how nasty that combo is to your liver. That and Vetteman made a comment the other day about possible liver damage so I guess I got a little spooked. Hopefully he'll chime in here soon.
The good news is, my AST and ALT numbers are good; [18 and 20 respectively] so hopefully all is well.
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