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Protein normally is not found in urine. When the kidneys are damaged
diabetes, small amounts of protein begin to leak into
the urine. If blood sugar levels stay high and early kidney damage is left
untreated, larger amounts of protein may be lost, possibly leading to kidney
Urine tests for protein levels in people with diabetes check for
amounts of albumin (protein). A urine test for protein can be done on a sample
of urine collected randomly (usually the first time you urinate in the
morning), a sample collected over 24 hours, or a sample collected over a
specific period, such as 4 hours or overnight.
No preparation is needed for this test, but results can be affected
by factors such as high blood sugar levels, recent exercise, urinary tract
high blood pressure, heart failure, or a high fever
during an infection.
August 1, 2012
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Stephen LaFranchi, MD - Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology
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