Patients with diabetes who have high levels of blood sugars and/or high blood pressure are at increased risk for kidney damage. When you have diabetes, the process of changing food into energy doesn’t work well. Sugar builds up in your blood and damages the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys. If you have diabetes, you need to get a urine test at least once a year to check for protein in your urine – an early sign of kidney damage.
This measure shows the percent of patients with diabetes in each practice who had a urine protein test or were diagnosed/treated for kidney disease. A higher number is better.
Why it is important
Diabetes can cause your kidneys to stop working, and may eventually require dialysis. If protein is found in your urine, medication may help to delay or prevent kidney damage. This test can let you and your doctor know if you need to take steps to keep your kidneys working.
What you and your doctor should do
Your doctor should give you a urine test to check for protein in your urine and talk to you about the results.