What Can Proteinuria Lead To?
Proteinuria can lead to and is the most common cause of Chronic kidney disease (CKD). In some cases, there are no signs or symptoms to warn about early kidney disease. It can take months or years for symptoms to become obvious. Kidney function is measured by a labortory test to determine how sick or healthy they are. This is called the glomerular filtration rate (GRF).
A large amount of protein in the urine is a sign of a problem with your kidneys. Some pregnant women have higher than normal levels of protein in their urine and taking certain medications can also trigger higher than normal protein loss. It is not always serious, but it should NOT be ignored. Proteinuria has been also known to happen in people with cancer, diabetes, heart disease or excessive weight gain as well as those with a chronic kidney problem.
It is important to get tested early if you have signs of chronic kidney disease. Click here to learn about tests.
NephCure Kidney International (NKI) 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 if you have any questions.
NephCure thanks Questcor Pharmaceuticals for its support of the Proteinuria Resource Center.