Protein in the Urine: Causes, Signs & Treatment
posted by Nephrology Team | October 13, 2016
Protein is great stuff. It helps us build muscle, bone, cartilage and blood. A protein-rich meal makes you feel fuller, longer. But, when excess protein is showing up in your urine, it can cause other health problems.
Your kidneys, when working properly, filter waste products from your blood. They return protein and other materials that your body needs to function.
Some conditions and diseases can cause the level of protein in your urine to rise. Short term conditions that cause protein in the urine can include strenuous exercise, fever, heat or cold exposure and emotional distress. Long term conditions and diseases that can lead to protein in the urine include high blood pressure, kidney infection or disease, heart disease, diabetes, lupus and malaria.
If a urine test reveals protein in your urine, your doctor may recommend further testing to determine the cause. Test may include a 24-hour urine collection to determine whether the protein in your urine is cause for concern. Your doctor may also follow up with an ultrasound or CT scan to look for issues like kidney stones or a biopsy to see what has caused damage to your kidneys.
If you have kidney damage and protein is escaping into your urine, you may notice the following symptoms:
If you notice either of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about the cause and what the best treatment may be. In some cases, the issue will resolve on its own without further treatment.
If you are part of a group that is considered high risk for kidney disease, your doctor will test your urine for protein as part of your regular preventative care. People who are at risk for kidney disease include:
Protein from an infection or fever will most likely resolve on its own. If your doctor confirms that you have kidney disease, a treatment plan will be put together. This treatment can include:
By making the changes that can reduce damage to your kidneys, you may be able to stop the progression and enjoy better health. If you have symptoms that indicate you have protein in your urine, contact your doctor. An early diagnosis can mean fewer health issues.
Check-ups are important for kidney patients. If you are due for an appointment, get in touch today by contacting Revere Health at (801) 429-8000.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.