In healthy people, fever, emotional stress and intense exercise can temporarily increase protein levels in the urine, according to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Abnormal protein levels may also point to kidney damage due to diabetes and hypertension.Know More
Healthy kidneys prevent protein from appearing in the urine, according to the National Kidney Foundation. When abnormal amounts of protein show up in a urine test, a physician may check blood pressure and kidney function, if kidney disease is suspected. Patients may also be referred to a specialist.
Treatments for abnormal protein levels differ based on the underlying cause. Treatments include medications and lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, according to the National Kidney Foundation.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases
Such relatively benign conditions as exposure to heat or cold or emotional stress can cause protein in the urine, or proteinuria, according to Mayo Clinic. Fever and intense exercise can cause it as well.Full Answer >
According to the National Kidney and Urological Diseases Information Clearinghouses, or NKUDC, kidneys work to filter the blood into urine, ideally preventing proteins from passing into the urine; however, high blood pressure can cause damage to the blood vessels in the kidneys, preventing them from properly filtering the blood and allowing protein to pass into the urine. This damage is caused by the increased pressure on the blood vessels, which causes them to stretch, resulting in scarred and weakened blood vessels.Full Answer >
When urine samples are collected over a 24-hour period, urine protein levels greater or equal to 300 milligrams indicate preeclampsia, according to Healthline.com. Two blood pressure readings taken six hours apart that are greater than 140/90 further indicate this diagnosis.Full Answer >
Anion gap is the difference between the measured and unmeasured ions in plasma, explains the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. The test helps diagnose problems with the acid-base balance in the body.Full Answer >