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Q:

Hello I'm trying to figure out if my recent kidney lab results are high? MICROALBUMIN, UR, QN, DETECTION LIMIT <= 20 MG/L my result is 57.8 this is the target <20.0 mg/L CREATININE, URINE 243.7 NOT ESTABLISHED mg/dL MICROALBUMIN/CREATININE my result 23.7 this is the target range <30.0 ug/mgCREAT

Patty Bonsignore

A:

The microalbumin test, sometimes called an albumin/creatinine ratio, is a test that is done to detect small (“micro”) amounts of protein (albumin) in the urine. Protein in the urine is an early warning sign that your kidneys are getting irritated by the diabetes. Normally the body does not let protein leak into the urine, or only a small amount (usually less than 20 mcg/mg). Your result is high at 57.8, but it may not be the diabetes causing the elevation. Urinary tract infections, increased physical activity, pregnancy and menstrual bleeding, can all cause increased amounts of protein in the urine. It is important to have your doctor repeat the test to confirm that the protein is really elevated -- usually we recommend repeating it in 1 to 2 months. If the second test is elevated, then your doctor may put you on a medicine called an “ace inhibitor.” This may help to relieve the pressure in your kidneys and prevent the irritation from getting worse. To help protect your kidneys further, it will be important for you to keep your blood pressure less than 130/80 and your A1C less than 7.0 %.

July 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm