You have proteinuria, which means that you have protein in your urine. This is usually caused by a kidney problem. It may be puzzling to find out that you have a problem with your kidneys, because you probably do not feel different.
Your body's blood passes through your kidneys, where it is cleaned of waste products. The kidneys then expel waste products in the urine. If your kidneys are not working well, they let some protein get in your urine. A high level of protein in your urine is a sign that something is damaging your kidneys.
Your doctor may do more tests to find out what is causing the protein to get into your urine. Possible causes include an infection or a medical condition, such as diabetes or heart disease. You may need regular urine tests in the future. You may be able to reduce the protein in your urine by getting exercise, eating a healthy diet, and taking medicine.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: August 8, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine
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