Your Kidney Test Results (Fact Sheet)
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Tests Results
- Serum Creatinine and Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR)
- eGFR estimates how well your kidneys are filtering blood. As kidney disease gets worse, the creatinine goes up and the eGFR goes down.
- CKD is an eGFR less than 60
- Urine Albumin-to-Creatinine Ratio (UACR)
- Urine albumin checks for kidney damage. The lower the result, the better.
- CKD is more than 30
Other Important Tests
- Blood Pressure
- High blood pressure makes the heart work harder and can damage blood vessels in the kidneys.
- Serum Albumin
- Albumin is a protein that helps measure how well you are eating.
- Normal: 3.4 to 5.0*
- Bicarbonate measures the acid level in your blood.
- Normal: More than 22
- Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN)
- BUN checks how much urea, a waste product, is in your blood.
- Normal: Less than 20
- Potassium affects how your nerves and muscles are working. High or low levels can be dangerous.
- Normal: 3.5 to 5.0*
- Calcium keeps your bones strong and your heart rhythm steady. CKD can lower the amount of calcium in your bones.
- Normal: 8.5 to 10.2*
- Phosphorus is important for strong bones and healthy blood vessels. High levels may cause soft bones, hard blood vessels and itchy skin.
- Normal: 2.7 to 4.6*
- Parathyroid Hormone (PTH)
- PTH controls the calcium and phosphorus levels in your blood. It is needed to keep bones and blood vessels healthy.
- Normal: Less than 65
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin D is important for bones and heart health.
- Normal: 20 or more
- A1C (for patients with diabetes)
- A1C estimates average blood sugar levels over 2 to 3 months.
- Total Cholesterol
- Cholesterol measures the amount of fat in your blood. Too much cholesterol can clog blood vessels or arteries in the heart and kidneys.
- Normal: Less than 200
- HDL Cholesterol
- HDL is the good cholesterol and clears bad fats out of your arteries.
- Normal: More than 40
- LDL Cholesterol
- LDL is the bad cholesterol and can clog your arteries.
- Normal: Less than 100
- Triglyceride is a type of fat in the blood.
- Normal: Less than 150
- Hemoglobin (Hgb)
- Low hemoglobin is a sign of anemia. You may feel tired if you have anemia.
- Normal: 12 to 17*
*Normal ranges may vary.
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Page last updated: February 6, 2013