Albumin is the most abundant protein in human blood plasma and plays a critical role in maintaining oncotic pressure, which helps keep fluid within the blood vessels. It also binds and transports various substances in the blood, including hormones, vitamins, and drugs. Albumin is produced in the liver, and its levels in the blood are a key indicator of liver function and nutritional status....


Who would benefit from testing their albumin value?

  • Individuals showing signs of liver disease, such as jaundice, fatigue, or abdominal swelling.
  • Patients with kidney disease, as albumin levels can indicate kidney function and protein loss.
  • Those suspected of having nutritional deficiencies or malabsorption issues.
  • People with chronic conditions that might affect protein levels, such as infections or autoimmune diseases.

What are the common symptoms of too low albumin values?

  • Swelling or edema, particularly in the ankles, feet, or abdomen
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Muscle wasting
  • Pale or brittle nails
  • Hair thinning or loss

What can cause too low albumin values in blood?

Low albumin levels can be caused by:

  • Liver diseases like cirrhosis or hepatitis, which impair albumin production.
  • Kidney disease, leading to loss of albumin in the urine.
  • Malnutrition or inadequate protein intake.
  • Chronic infections or inflammatory conditions.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders that impair nutrient absorption.

What can I do to improve albumin?

  • Ensure adequate dietary protein intake, considering both quantity and quality of protein sources.
  • Manage underlying liver or kidney conditions with appropriate medical care.
  • Address any gastrointestinal issues that might impair nutrient absorption.
  • Regularly monitor and treat any chronic infections or inflammatory conditions.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain overall health through a balanced diet and regular exercise.

Test(s) that measure/test for Albumin

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