What is the best indicator of having diabetic nephropathy?

Protein in the urine. Diabetic nephropathy is kidney disease caused by long-standing diabetes. The best indicator that diabetic nephropathy is developing is the amount of urine protein. Normally there is none, or tiny amounts of protein found. In diabetic nephropathy there will be more and more protein spilled into the urine. That's why doctors monitor urine protein, along with blood tests for kidney function.
Protein in he Urine. Diabetic nephropathy can be determined by two ways via a blood test called creatinine and measuring the protein in the urine (proteinuria). However your doctor will notice proteinuria before your creatinine becomes abnormal. The best way to prevent these issues is to control your diabetes.

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Can you tell me what is diabetic nephropathy?

Hurt kidneys. High sugars as well as high blood pressure can damage your kidneys over time. Our kidneys filter and process things. When they're hurt, they don't filter as well, and can leak protein into your urine. We check how well your kidneys are working by [1] blood test [2] urine test for microalbumin. Not everyone with diabetes gets kidney problems. Good luck. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: Diabetic nephropathy?

It is... a progressive damaging effects to capillaries in/near glomeruli leading to local inflammatory change and scarring with subsequent malfunction in filtering the blood for reabsorbing useful blood components and excreting the unwanted metabolic wastes, which exact causes are still unclear, though, long-term high blood sugar is the culprit. This is usually a slow process of >5-15 years. Read more...

Do CKD + dm = diabetic nephropathy?

CKD + DM. The answer to your question is "Yes". Diabetes is the leading cause of renal failure in the US. There are 6 stages of chronic kidney disease, with stage being that of patients on dialysis. So a diabetic, depending on the duration of diabetes, the control of blood pressure and glucose, can be in any one of stages 1-5. Read more...

How do CKD and dm relate to diabetic nephropathy?

Diabetic nephropathy. Diabetes (d) affects the kidney and can cause them to fail. The kidney disease caused by d is called "diabetic nephropathy" (dn). Before going into renal failure, those with diabetic nephropathy can go into various stages of ckd. Treatment of blood pressure elevations, proteinuria and blood glucose levels can lead to slowing of kidney failure due to dn. Read more...

Why is glucose excreted through your urine in diabetic nephropathy?

Sugar in the urine. When your blood sugar is too high, your kidneys, which filter your blood, are not able to hold onto all the glucose and it spills over into the urine. Read more...
See below. Glucose is not just lost in diabetic nephropathy. Glucose is lost into urine when blood glucose concentrations exceed about 150 mg/dl. This is the renal threshhold for glucose. Read more...

Which drug is most effective and safe for treating proteinuria in someone with diabetic nephropathy?

Many options. There are many drugs that can be safe and typically lay in two classes of blood pressure medicine which are called: angiotensin receptor blockers, ace-inhibitors and possibly renin inhibitors (newer class). Read more...

How is diabetic nephropathy diagnosed?

Protein in urine. If you have diabetes, early diabetic nephropathy can be suspected if your doctor tests the urine for microalbumin, and then later for protein.Usually no need to do a kidney biopsy especially if the retina of the eye also has diabetic changes.Your nephrologists determines this. Read more...

What are the tests for diabetic nephropathy?

Urine tests. Urinalysis, urine Albumin to creatinine ratio, blood biochemistry, serum creatinine with GFR estimation, kidney ultrasound . Tests to consider- 24 hour urine collection, ct abdomen, magnetic resonance angiography , doppler ultrasound and kidney biopsy. Read more...

What are the symptoms of diabetic nephropathy?

Edema. Diabetic nephropathy causes glomerular damage and leakage of proteins in the urine. If left untreated it may progress to generalized edema, and renal failure with symptoms of weakness, anemia, high blood pressure and heart disease. Read more...