What is Microalbumin Creatinine Ratio Urine (ALB/CREAT Ratio) test?
Microalbumin test is a test to detect very small levels of a blood protein (albumin) in your urine. Creatinine is a waste product found in urine. A microalbumin creatinine ratio compares the amount of albumin to the amount of creatinine in your urine. A microalbumin creatinine ratio is used to screen people who are at higher risk for kidney disease. These include people with diabetes or high blood pressure. Identifying kidney disease at an early stage can help prevent many complications. If albumin is found in your urine beyond a particular level, it may mean that you may have a problem with your kidneys.
Why get the Microalbumin Creatinine Ratio Urine (ALB/CREAT Ratio) test?
The American Diabetes Association recommends that it should be done in people with type 2 diabetes every year and people with type 1 diabetes once in five years. If you have high blood pressure, you may get a microalbumin creatinine ratio at regular intervals, as recommended by your doctor.
When to take this test?
Frequency to repeat test
Every 6 months
Precautions to be taken before for the test
No particular precautions are required, unless it is recommended by your doctor.
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