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Diabetic Nephropathy with Creatinine 6.6, When to Start Dialysis

2014-01-19 16:44

Diabetic nephropathy is one of serious complications of diabetes, mainly occurring among people with a long history of diabetes.It is a progressive disorder with gradual loss of renal function. When kidney failure occurs, dialysis will be prescribed. As a patient with diabetic nephropathy and creatinine 6.6, when should you start dialysis?

Dialysis is a replacement therapy for kidney failure. It can help eliminate a partial renal function to filter out waste products from body, thus keeping the patients alive. If creatinine reaches a very high level, it is associated with very kidney damage and high levels of toxins in blood. In that case, the patients have to start dialysis. However, creatinine level is not the only index in telling when to start dialysis.

Creatinine 6.6 is related to very serious kidney damage. Some patients with such a high level of creatinine may have been on dialysis, but some can delay it. What other factors can affect when to start dialysis for people with diabetic nephropathy and creatinine 6.6?


As kidneys are impaired significantly, a large number of complications will appear like lung disease, heart disease, anemia etc. These complications can worsen the prognosis of the condition largely. Serious complications can advance the onset of dialysis.


GFR measures how much blood is filtered by glomeruli each minute. Generally, when GFR declines to 10ml/min, dialysis will be prescribed.

However, as diabetic nephropathy is a very complex disorder with very serious complications, dialysis is often prescribed earlier.

However, if the patients with diabetic nephropathy and creatinine 6.6 can improve the function of their native kidneys, dialysis will not be required. Blood Pollution Therapy and Micro-Chinese Medicines Osmotherapy are the effective treatment options for diabetic nephropathy patients with kidney failure. They can restore the impaired kidney structure to enhance renal function fundamentally.

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