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    A new report published online today in the National Kidney Foundation's American Journal of Kidney Diseases shows a strong correlation between levels of protein in the urine, or proteinuria, and mortality. Tanvir Chowdhury Turin of the University of Calgary. According to the National Kidney Foundation, healthy people have very little protein in the urine since the kidneys act as filters to keep protein in the body.

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    Proteinuria is an early indication that the kidneys have been damaged in some way, allowing protein to leak out. Key Findings The study analysis was based on lab arthritis foundation logo from overpatients in Alberta, Canada who had undergone proteinuria testing in an outpatient setting.

    Across the board, results showed that mild or heavy amounts of proteinuria was tied to shorter life spans in men and women between 30 and 85 years of age.

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    For example, the life expectancies of year-old men and women with no proteinuria were Proteinuria-free men and women also outlived those with mild proteinuria by 8.

    According to Thomas Manley, Director of Scientific Activities for the National Kidney Foundation, the report sends a clear message that screening for proteinuria can help prolong lives. Proteinuria is detected through a simple urine test that can be done in the doctor's office.

    People who are at increased risk for developing kidney disease should have their urine tested for proteinuria. This includes anyone with diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure as well as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and American Indians.

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    If proteinuria is confirmed, your doctor will need to pinpoint the cause and work on a treatment plan which may include medications, dietary and lifestyle changes. For more information, visit www.

    Received Aug 29; Accepted Sep Copyright © by the authors. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract A balanced metabolic profile is essential for normal human physiological activities.

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