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Fri Nov 01 12:07:34 UTC 2013

Are there any medications for pre-diabetes if you have high creatinine levels (1.5 - 1.6)
Asked By: cawras  
Category: Prediabetes

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Kidney cancer survivor. Only have one kidney. Have been told I would need to go straight to insulin if I cannot get my blood glucose under control (averages between 110 - 140)
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2013-11-06 22:02:16.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

A serum creatinine test measures the level of creatinine in your blood. The test can indicate whether your kidneys are working properly. The normal range for creatinine in the blood may be 0.6 to 1.3 milligrams per deciliter.

Metformin is an oral diabetes medicine that is not recommended for patients with elevated creatinine levels or renal (kidney) impairment. If a person already has kidney problems, taking metformin may make it worse.

Before you start taking any medicines, prescription or over-the-counter, always let your doctor know. There are some diabetes medicines that may be used by people with slightly elevated creatinine levels. Talk with your doctor about treatment options.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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