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What does a positive urine result mean?

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If your urine test is positive, it means your kidneys can no longer filter your blood as well as they should. It also shows you have blood vessel disease that could lead to heart problems. Your doctor will probably suggest medications or lifestyle changes to help prevent these conditions:

  • Kidney damage. You may start specific medicines to prevent further harm. If your microalbumin level is high, your doctor may suggest another type of test that requires you to collect samples for 24 hours. This can better tell the extent of damage to the organs and see how well they’re working.
  • High blood sugar. Studies show tight control of your blood sugar can lower kidney damage, so your doctor may put you on more aggressive treatments.
  • Blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure reduces your risk of diabetes-related kidney damage. Get it checked each time you have an office visit. The recommended reading for most people with diabetes is less than 140/90.
  • Cholesterol. Since the microalbuminuria test suggests you’re at greater risk of getting heart disease, your doctor may try to get your cholesterol and other fats into a healthier range.

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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