Proteinuria Treatment Questions and Answers
Proteinuria is the presence of protein in the urine and is usually a sign of a more significant issue with the kidneys, particularly in patients with diabetes or hypertension. Proactive medical care and testing will detect proteinuria in order to prevent its progression. To learn more about proteinuria and find out if you are at high risk of developing the condition, contact Viva Health Centre by giving us a call or booking an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 9580 Yonge Street Unit #6 Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1V6.
What is proteinuria?
Proteinuria is a condition that causes the urine in the body to contain an abnormally high amount of protein. The body uses protein for several different important bodily functions such as protecting against infection, helping the blood to clot and maintaining the necessary amount of fluid that circulates through the body. Protein also provides the building blocks for the entire body, including the bones, muscles, nails and hair. Large amounts of protein detected in the urine is often an early indication of kidney disease as the proteins in the body are too large to be able to pass through the filters in the kidneys to make their way into the urine. If the protein is passing through these filters, it is a good indication that the kidneys are damaged in some way. The doctors at Viva Health Centre can diagnose proteinuria and determine the cause in order to build out a treatment plan.
Why is proteinuria bad?
Proteinuria is bad as it signifies that there is an issue with the kidneys. Proteinuria is the term used to describe when there is an abnormal amount of protein in the urine. While our bodies need and use protein for many different and important functions, it isn’t normal to have high levels of protein in the urine. The kidneys are used to filter out the body’s waste and keep the stuff that the body needs to function, such as protein. Most of the proteins in the body are too big to pass through the filters in the kidneys, so when they are found in the urine, it is a sign that the kidneys are damaged and not able to properly filter the blood, allowing proteins to escape into the urine. Routine checkups that include urine testing can monitor for excess protein in the urine and are recommended by the National Kidney Foundation in order to catch proteinuria early on. This is especially important for people in high-risk groups such as individuals with diabetes and hypertension. To determine if you are high-risk, or to have a check up completed along with a urine test to monitor for increased protein, reach out to Viva Health Centre and book an appointment with a member of our team.
What happens if proteinuria is left untreated?
Unfortunately, proteinuria will not clear up on its own and will require medical treatment. When the proteins are detected in the urine, that is an indication that there is already damage to the kidneys. Untreated proteinuria can lead to kidney failure, stroke or heart failure if left untreated. Declining kidney function is indicated by proteinuria in people with type 1 and 2 diabetes, as well as people with high blood pressure and hypertension. If left untreated, patients can progress to end-stage renal disease and full renal failure. Proactive testing is the best way to catch proteinuria as in many cases, there are no signs or symptoms. At Viva Health Centre, your health and well-being are top of mind. We take a proactive approach to your health, ensuring that proper checkups and testing are completed on a regular basis to monitor for conditions such as proteinuria, and other early signs of potentially serious medical conditions.
What treatment is available for proteinuria?
The primary goal of treatment for proteinuria is to get any existing condition, such as high blood pressure or high glucose, under control. Your doctor may want to prescribe medication for this in order to protect the functionality of the kidneys. Other treatment plans can include a healthy eating plan and getting plenty of exercise, as well as taking any existing medications. This can be true for patients who suffer from diabetes or hypertension, as both conditions put people at a higher risk of developing proteinuria. The doctors and medical staff at Viva Health Centre are highly trained and experienced in kidney issues, including proteinuria. They will ensure that patients are properly diagnosed and have a solid treatment plan to prevent the condition from progressing, as well as managing the current protein levels in the urine.