In my last urine test, I detected a bit of protein. What can I do to prevent this protein from increasing?
The best thing you can do is to work with your healthcare team to make sure that your diabetes is under good control. The meaning of “good control” may vary based on your age, general health, and how long you have had diabetes. Microscopic protein in the urine, called microalbuminuria, can be the earliest sign of damage to your kidneys from diabetes, but it_could also be unrelated to diabetes. Many things other than diabetes can cause microalbuminuria, and it is often reversible. Other causes include include fever, infection, congestive heart failure, severe high blood glucose or high blood pressure, and recent vigorous exercise. If microalbuminuria is found and then confirmed with a repeat test, your doctor may suggest that you take a medicine called an ACE-inhibitor or an ARB. These are types of blood pressure medicines, but they can also protect the kidneys of people with diabetes.