The microalbumin test is a medical test used to measure the level of a protein called albumin in the urine. Albumin is a protein produced by the liver and is normally found in the blood. However, when the kidneys are not functioning properly, small amounts of albumin can leak into the urine.
The microalbumin test is primarily used to detect early signs of kidney damage in people with conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which can affect kidney function. It can also be used to monitor the progression of kidney disease and the effectiveness of treatment.
The microalbumin test is a simple urine test that can be done in a healthcare provider’s office or at home with a test kit. The test involves collecting a small sample of urine and measuring the amount of albumin in the sample.
Normal levels of albumin in the urine are very low, usually less than 30 milligrams per day. Higher levels of albumin in the urine can indicate kidney damage or other conditions that affect kidney function.
It is important to note that factors such as exercise, infection, and certain medications can affect the results of the microalbumin test. Your healthcare provider will interpret the results of the test in the context of your individual health status and medical history, and may recommend additional testing or treatment as necessary.
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