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How To Lower Protein Levels In Urine
Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more
How much would drinking lots of water before a urine test, decrease the level of protein in the urine? 2-fold? 5-fold?
I tested my urine and I have a very high level of nitrates in my urine but negative for protien. I am experiencing lower left sided pain in my back.?
Proteinuria: Protein is normally not found in urine. Regardless of how much protein you take in, protein drinks or otherwise, normal kidneys/urinary system should not be allowing any protein in there. If protein is in the urine, there is a source of protein in the urine and the meaning of this needs to be looked at with any other lab abnormalities, signs/symptoms, clinical context. ...Read more
Please answer this question, in a way that is understandable. Are ''protein'' levels in urine tests measured by mg/dl, or protein-creatinine ratio?
Both: Urine protein when measured as mg/dl does not take into account the concentration or dilution of urine. A 24 hour urine protein quantity would be the best thing to do. However, urine protein-cratinine ratio corrects for the concentration or dilution of urine and generally obviates the need to collect 24 hour urine. ...Read more
Teens w/ proteinuria: First make sure it's real. Get a first morning urine sample or a 24 hour total protein by collecting all urine over 24 hours. If indeed elevated, then needs a full kidney work-up - there are many causes from nephrotic syndrome to damaged kidneys.Athletic kids often spill increased levels of protein because of increased muscle use, so some labs and good history/physical with blood pressures needed! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Kidney disease: High protein in urine suggest kidney pathology, most likely one type of glomerulonephritis (something like kidney inflammation), depending of the level of protein you may need biopsy (usually if more than 1 gm per day), for sure if > 3 gm/day) and that is pretty much only way to determine diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Limited Protein: The urine should not contain much if any protein. The kidney's job is to filter out those toxins that need excretion while keeping the important protein in the blood. Protein loss in the urine can be assess with a dipstick urine test. If elevated, a confirmatory 24 hour urine will measure more accurately how much protein is lost. Less than 30 mg of microalbumin/24 hrs is considered ok. ...Read more
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