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Why Your Doctor May Test for High Protein in Urine (Proteinuria)
KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Proteinuria may be an early warning sign that something is wrong with your kidneys. Seeking treatment as soon as possible is important to prevent further damage to your kidneys or the progression of CKD.
How is proteinuria treated?Since protein in urine is not a problem itself, your treatment will depend on the root cause.
If you have diabetes: you can help manage proteinuria by maintaining a healthy blood sugar, taking medications as directed, eating a healthy diet and getting exercise. Controlling your diabetes can also help protect your kidneys. You may want to ask your doctor about new medications that have been shown to reduce proteinuria and kidney dysfunction in people living with diabetes.
If you have high blood pressure: you may be prescribed medications like ACE inhibitors or ARBs. These medications can lower your blood pressure and help protect your kidneys from further damage.
If examination of your proteinuria leads to a diagnosis of CKD: there are ways to manage the condition. Progression of chronic kidney disease may be slowed with a treatment plan that includes diet and medications. At kidney failure, which is stage 5 CKD, you can live a full life with treatment options including transplant or dialysis.