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What is the best indicator of having diabetic nephropathy?
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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Dr. Zahid Nazir
Agree. Also to add on, this protein is called microalbumin. Higher level of microalbun in urine means more kidney damage. To prevent this, blood sugar and blood pressure need to be adequately controlled.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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