Self-help for microalbuminuria
If you have microalbuminuria, you can take measures to control your blood pressure and glucose levels. This will help to stop the microalbuminuria getting worse and prevent further damage to your kidneys. You can also take some steps to control your cholesterol to help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, which may be higher if you have microalbuminuria.
Your GP may advise you to:
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Microalbuminuria can be a sign of kidney damage. There are things that can temporarily raise the level of protein in your pee and cause microalbuminuria. These include exercise, a fever and dehydration.
For more information, see our section on causes of microalbuminuria above.
Microalbuminuria means there’s a small increase in the level of a protein called albumin in your pee (urine), compared to normal. It can be an early sign of kidney disease. Microalbuminuria can be measured with an albumin to creatinine ratio (ACR) test. You may have microalbuminuria if your ACR is 3 mg/mmol or more.
For more information, see our section: About microalbuminuria above.
The best treatment for microalbuminuria is a combination of medicines and lifestyle measures to prevent further damage to your kidneys and reduce the risk of other complications.
For more information, see our sections on self-help for microalbuminuria and treatment for microalbuminuria above.
You can do things to control your blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol levels to help to stop microalbuminuria getting worse and prevent further damage to your kidneys. These include exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and stopping smoking.
For more information, see our section on self-help for microalbuminuria above.
Yes, your level of albumin may return to normal after you get treatment and may stay at a normal level for years. If you start treatment and make lifestyle changes straight away, you’ll have a better chance of reversing any damage to your kidneys from microalbuminuria, or at least slow down its progression.
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