PROTEIN IN URINE

What is a protein in urine test?

A protein in urine test measures how much protein is in your urine. Proteins are substances that are essential for your body to function properly. Protein is normally found in the blood. If there is a problem with your kidneys, protein can leak into your urine. While a small amount is normal, a large amount of protein in urine may indicate kidney disease.

 

Why do I need a protein in urine test?

Your health care provider may have ordered a protein test as part of your regular checkup, or if you have symptoms of kidney disease.

 

These symptoms include:

What do the results mean?

If a large amount of protein is found in your urine sample, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have a medical problem needing treatment. Strenuous exercise, diet, stress, pregnancy, and other factors can cause a temporary rise in urine protein levels. Your health care provider may recommend additional urinalysis tests if a high level of protein is found.

If your urine protein levels are consistently high, it may indicate kidney damage or other medical condition.

 

These include: