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how is diabetic kidney disease diagnosed?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
32 years experience Endocrinology
Lab tests: Urine should be checked for protein once a year with a test for microscopic levels of Albumin (often called micro-albumin). Blood should be checked for BUN (blood urea nitrogen) to measure the levels of nitrogen-containing waste levels. Higher levels mean the kidney is not as efficient as it should be. A calculated value called egfr reflects the kidneys' ability to remove waste products.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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