Simple urine test leads to early detection of kidney disease
Only 5 percent of people in the United States are aware that they have early-stage kidney disease, according to a recent study by Jennifer Bragg-Gresham, M.S., Ph.D., a research scientist at the University of Michigan and her colleagues. The study findings were presented at the National Kidney Foundation’s 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings.
“The most striking finding for us was how many individuals in the U.S. have early kidney disease, but are unaware of their disease,” Bragg-Gresham says.
The authors estimate that about 14.5 million people are undiagnosed and untreated for early stages of kidney disease.
However, a simple urine test can readily detect protein in the urine (albuminuria) even before more sophisticated tests show that the kidneys are no longer filtering waste properly. The authors note that early treatment can slow progression and reduce the severity of kidney disease and other health risk factors.
Read more about the study in these articles:
“Albuminuria ups death risk despite normal renal function,” in Renal & Urology News
“Albuminuria doubles mortality risk even in patients without reduction in kidney function,” in Nephrology News & Issues.