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How Is Diabetic Nephropathy Diagnosed

Time:  2014-01-09 15:29

How Is Diabetic Nephropathy DiagnosedHow is Diabetic Nephropathy diagnosed? It is usually based on your symptoms, your medical history and a physical exam.

Symptoms of Diabetic Nephropathy

-Foamy urine

-Swelling around the eyes

-High blood pressure

-High cholesterol and triglyceride

-Poor appetite

-Headache

-Dizziness

-Nausea and vomiting

-Shortness of breath

-Some other symptoms, such as fatigue, frequent hiccups, etc.

Medical history

Diabetic Nephropathy is caused by Diabetes. When you live with Diabetes for more than 25 years, it is very likely for you to have Diabetic Nephropathy.

Physical exam

A regular physical exam can help you have a good knowledge of your physical condition. Generally speaking, the following test can help diagnose Diabetic Nephropathy.

-Microalbuminuria test

Microalbuminuria is the early symptom of Diabetic Nephropathy. Under normal circumstance, urine does not contain album, so the presence of the protein in your urine is a sign of kidney damage.

-Serum creatinine blood test

Creatinine is discharged by kidneys. If your creatinine levels are high, it may mean that your kidneys are damaged.

-BUN blood test

Kidneys remove BUN from your body by sending BUN to the bladder. If your kidneys are not functioning correctly, it increases. So higher than normal levels of BUN may be a sign of kidney failure.

Other tests, such as blood pressure test, high cholesterol test, etc.

-Kidney biopsy

When your doctor are still not sure whether you have Diabetic Nephropathy or not from the above test, he may perform a kidney biopsy.

From the above, Diabetic Nephropathy may be diagnosed. Once you are diagnosed with Diabetic Nephropathy, aggressive treatment can help you get rid of disease as early as possible. May you live healthily and happily.

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