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Type1 Diabetes: living with proteinuria

Diabetes usually affects kidneys while proteinuria is a common symptoms of Kidney Disease. Thereby, proteinuria usually indicates a Kidney Damage in people with diabetes type1. Read on and find the details of living with proteinuria in type1 or type2 diabetes.

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Kidneys work to filter the blood and remove the waste product from blood to the urine. Also they are responsible to regulate the amount of fluids and electrolytes, as well as controlling high blood pressure.

What causes proteinuria in Type1 Diabetes?

Usually, proteinuria is an indicator of Kidney Disease. But kidney disease is not always the trigger. Other causes may include much intake of protein food, long-term standing, strenuous sport etc. However, if you happen to be a person with type1 Diabetes, proteinuria is more likely triggered by Kidney Damage.

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. Over the long term, high blood glucose levels damage tiny blood vessels in the kidneys, impairing their ability to filter the blood properly. As a result, a type of protein called ‘albumin’ spills into the urine instead of being processed into the blood stream. This induces Proteinuria.

How to live with proteinuria for people with Type1 diabetes?

If proteinuria is not controlled, the increased amount of protein in your urine can lead to more kidney damage. Over time, this can cause your kidneys to fail (Kidney Failure), and you may need Dialysis or a Kidney Transplant. If you happen to be a person with Type1 diabetes and find foamy urine, you are suggested:

- A dipstick urine test tells your doctor if there is protein in your urine.

- A UACR test tells your doctor how much albumin is in your urine.

- Have other tests to check your kidneys. The eGFR (estimated glomerular filtration rate) test or a 24-hour urine test can tell your doctor more about how your kidneys are working.

- See a nephrologist as soon as possible. He will help to find whether proteinuria relates to your kidneys or not.

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