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Friday, April 18, 2014
What is the normal level of an eGFR?
The doctor has me on blood pressure pills as it is slightly elevated. Also the test results of eGFR is >=60 ml/min/1.73m2. I am 71 years (young). Belong to a gym, am 5`3 and weigh 69kg. Do I have anything to be concerned about and is diet an important factor. I`m just a bit worried as don`t really understand what is going on. I don`t have any symptoms that I know of. What should I be looking out for? Thank you. I`d appreciate your thoughts.
An eGFR of >60 is just fine, especially for a 71-year-young person (normally eGFR is >90 for a 20-year-old, but as people age, the eGFR decreases, even in normals). However, it is important for you to keep your blood pressure well-controlled, since high blood pressure can cause kidney damage, not to mention heart attacks and strokes. For anyone who is hypertensive, a low salt diet is always a good idea, and do keep going to the gym!
Mildred Lam, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University