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From Springhill, Louisiana, USA:

My son is 15; he has been diagnosed since 11. He had a 24 hour urine for protein done. He had 2000 cc total volume and it came back at 220 mg with normal being less than 150. Is this normal? He is in fair control.


Given the short period of diabetes your son has had diabetes (4 years) it is very unlikely that there is any diabetes related problem but sometimes the amount of protein in the urine is temporarily increased especially in an adolescent due to exercise or urine infection and these should be excluded. The amount of protein you describe in the 24 hour urine collection of your son doesn't really mean anything. Over many years of diabetes, a high excretion of albumin (microalbumin) can be a warns of future microvascular disease (small vessel disease, i.e., eye and kidney damage) as well as macrovascular disease (large blood vessels, heart and legs) and fair or bad metabolic control can influence either their onset as well as their progression to overt organ disease.


Original posting 20 Feb 1998
Posted to Complications


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