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How do people with diabetes check for kidney problems?

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Your doctor can do a test that measures the amount of protein in your urine, called microalbuminuria. It shows up when small amounts of albumin (the main protein in your blood) seep into your urine. Without treatment to slow the leak, your kidneys could be damaged and eventually fail.

You should get this test every year starting as soon as you're diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. That's because high blood sugar is usually present many years before you find out you have the disease.

If you have type 1 diabetes, you probably won't get the test until you've been diagnosed for five years.

SOURCES: 

The Department of Endocrinology at The Cleveland Clinic.

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Checking for Ketones."

American Diabetes Association: "Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)."

American Diabetes Association: "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 13, 2018

SOURCES: 

The Department of Endocrinology at The Cleveland Clinic.

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Checking for Ketones."

American Diabetes Association: "Kidney Disease (Nephropathy)."

American Diabetes Association: "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

 

Reviewed by Louise Chang on July 13, 2018

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