Key facts about Proteinuria
- It is one of the main symptoms of kidney disease
- A physical symptom of proteinuria is foamy urine
- Is identified by a urine sample (either 24 collection or single sample)
- Protein is filtered our of the kidney and should be returned to the blood when it is not there is a problem
- No Western Drugs can treat the disease
- It is not a disease but a symptom of the disease
- Proteinuria means excessive amount of protein in the urine
When the blood vessels of the kidneys are damaged, protein can leak from your blood into your urine. Normally, kidneys filter out waste products and proteins, most of which are too big to pass through the kidney's filters. If they are damaged and your kidneys cannot properly filter waste, some of the protein may be found in your urine. Abnormal amounts of protein in your urine is called proteinuria. Depending on the types and amounts of protein leaking from your kidneys, you may be at risk for kidney failure.
Other causes of proteinuria include diabetes and hypertension, as well as some other kidney diseases. Proteins are needed in your blood for a number of important reasons. They prevent infection, aid in blood clotting, and help with fluid retention in your blood so that the right amount of fluid is always circulating throughout your body.
People with type two diabetes need to be tested regularly for proteinuria. This is recommended by both the American Diabetes Association and the National Kidney Foundation. Proteinuria is also associated with cardiovascular disease, as damaged blood vessels can not only lead to kidney failure, but also to heart failure or stroke, too.
If you have proteinuria, chances are you show no symptoms. When protein loss gets excessive, your urine might look foamy and you may notice swelling in your hands, feet, abdomen, or face. The only way to determine how much protein is in your urine is to have it tested regularly. Controlling blood pressure and diabetes, through diet and medicine, are the main ways to treat proteinuria.