Home HealthTopics Health Centers Reference Library Research
Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook Share on Facebook

Quality Health Care and You - Diabetes

Microalbumin, Urine Level is High

12/21/2011

Question:

My Microalbumin, Urine level is 58.2, which I know is high. My glucose,serum level is 101. My bun/creatinine ratio is 24. My calsium, serum level is 10.4. My AST level is 69 and my ALT level is 80. My LDL Cholesterol is 110. My Hemoglobin Alc is 5.9.

I am being treated for prediabetes type II, and my doctor said that she sees an improvement, and believes it is under control.

I am being treated for High cholesterol, and my doctor said that she sees an improvement, and believes it is under control.

I am being treated for high blood pressure, and my doctor said that it is under control.

I am going to a liver specialist, for my liver counts, and he has told me that he believe I have a "fatty liver", and as long as I continue to loose weight, I will not need any other medications. I have lost approximately 35 pounds since January, and am continuing to loose weight, slowly but surely.

I guess my question is, could the elevated Microalbumin,Urine level be due to my having a sinus infection, and cold, the day that I went for the blood work. I had to go for the blood work, before I went to the doctor, and had no choice, but to go when I did.

Answer:

What you need to know is your urine microalbumin-to-creatinine ratio.  The urine microalbumin level by itself can be misleading.  If your ratio is normal, don't worry about it any more.  If the ratio is high (more than 30), this can be a very early sign of kidney damage.  This can often be treated with strict control of diabetes and/or high blood pressure.  Good luck with the weight loss; it sounds like you're doing the right things! 

For more information:

Go to the Quality Health Care and You - Diabetes health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Mildred   Lam, MD Mildred Lam, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University