Understanding Kidney Labs: Labs Explained for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients

Episode 90: Understanding Kidney Labs: Labs Explained for Chronic Kidney Disease Patients. Kidney Health requires regular labs (bloodwork) to help guide your kidney disease treatment strategy. Understanding Kidney Labs will give you more insight into your kidney health and allow you to be more proactive with your Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist). Renal Dietitian Jen Hernandez and Kidney Health Coach explain labs kidney patients get to help you in understanding your kidney labs. We will cover eGFR, GFR, BUN, Creatinine, and all other important kidney function labs.

Jen’s Blog on Understanding Your Labs with downloadable lab tracker: https://www.jenhernandezrd.com/renal-function-panel/

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is known as a “silent killer” because symptoms may not appear until the later stages of the disease.

Your physician will order relevant labs for further health assessment and will review labs with you either in-person or over the phone.

Labs can provide us with a lot of details of what is going on inside your body- whether you realize it or not.

Labs will change from result to result. It’s important to know that just one result that is out of range may not tell much. Getting retested is important to confirm problems. Track the patterns and changes to get a better feel for how your body and kidneys are doing.

If you have results out of the normal/reference ranges, your physician will likely order follow-up labs for confirmation and diagnosis.

Review your results and ask as many questions as needed for you to feel comfortable with your results.

You may or may not have all of these labs in your results – your physician will determine which labs are necessary. Dietitians help physicians in providing further explanation of nutrition-related labs and how your diet can impact your health.

IMPORTANT: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. Patients should always be under the care of a physician and defer to their physician for any and all treatment decisions. This video is not meant to replace a physician's advice, supervision, and counsel. No information in the video should be construed as medical advice. All medical decisions should be made by the patient and a qualified physician. This video is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE.

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