The normal lab reference range for albumin is 3.5 to 5.5 grams per deciliter.
Low Albumin levels (<3.5 g/dL) mean?
Low albumin levels in the blood may indicate malnutrition, liver disease, or inflammatory disease. This makes sense because albumin is made by the liver, so if the liver isn’t working properly, its ability to synthesize or make albumin is compromised.
Thus, hypoalbuminemia (low albumin level) is a common finding in chronic liver disease. Low albumin levels in the blood can also be seen in conditions like:
- Chronic liver disease due to any cause
- Low-protein diets
- Inflammation of the digestive tract, eg: Crohn’s Disease
- Malabsorption due to any cause
High albumin levels (>5.5 g/dL) mean
This typically means the patient has either:
- High protein diet
- Severe diarrhoea
Disclaimer: Please consult with your doctor to interpret the test reports.