Protein in Urine

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-12-12 21:18:02 -0600
Started 2012-11-25 07:22:59 -0600

I am type 1 , for the past 8 years. I was seeing a gp previously and he recommended I take enalapril 5 mg a day to protect my kidneys because I had protein in my urine.

A few weeks ago I met an endocronologist and told him I was taking enalapril. He did not see need that I take enalapril. His basis was that (1) I have only had diabetes for 8 years (2) My kidneys should still be fine because it takes time for the kidneys to get damaged (3) By the time I have kidney complications I will already be having issues with my eye sight. I currently dont have any problems with my eyes.

I am just wondering whether I should continue taking enalapril or I should stop. Is anyone else on the same path am in?????

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Bfbacon 2012-12-12 21:18:02 -0600 Report

I would ask him if there is any downside to the enalapril. I take lisinopril for BP/kidney protection.
Related: I've been told by a gp that all type 1s should take a statin (blood thinner, cholesterol reducer) but my endo doesn't recommend it, says a baby aspirin is good.

jayabee52 2012-11-25 10:48:39 -0600 Report

I have found from bitter experience that once one's kidneys are compromised, one will have difficulties for the rest of one's life.

I had a kidney infection which shut them down completely and I needed to be put on hemodialysis to save my life. The infection resolved itself well enough so that after 10 months of hemodialysis I could discontinue treatment, but that severely weakened my kidneys and I am now facing hemodialysis again. Probably for life (or until a transplant).

I believe your new Endo seems too flip about your condition. Has he consulted with a Renal specialist? Has that renal specialist done a full kidney workup to be able to tell what is going on with YOUR kidneys? What is your GFR ratios or your creatinine levels? Without knowing what is going on there your new endo friend is flying blind.

I would recommend consulting with a Renal specialist to find out what is really going on with your kidney health.

I myself have a preference NOT to take unnessary medications. But if enalapril is useful to you, I would continue.

The following is from emedicine on this medication ~

I pray God's blessings on you and on your decision.

James Baker

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