- High blood pressure (hypertension)
Other risk factors include:
- Being overweight
- Age over 65
- Family history of kidney disease
- Preeclampsia (high blood pressure and proteinuria during pregnancy)
- Race and ethnicity: African-Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and Pacific Islanders are more likely to develop proteinuria than those of European ancestry.
Kidneys may be damaged in other ways unrelated to diabetes or high blood pressure. Examples of other causes include:
- Injury (trauma)
- Poisons (toxins)
- Infections (outside organisms)
- Immune system disorder
Certain diseases increase the production of proteins in the body leading to proteinuria. Examples include:
- Multiple myeloma (bone marrow cancer)
- Amyloidosis (proteins in your organs)
- Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)
- Minimal Change Disease
- Membranous Nephropathy
- Mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis
- IgA Nephropathy
- Other primary glomerular diseases where the cause for these diseases is unknown
NephCure Kidney International is a patient advocacy organization and is not licensed to practice medicine. The information on this site is intended to be educational and not diagnostic or recommended treatment. Consult with your doctor if you learn anything that might alarm you or have any questions.
NKI thanks Questcor Pharmaceuticals for its support of the Proteinuria Resource Center.