Urine Albumin-Creatinine Ratio (uACR)
uACR, the recommended test for albuminuria, gives you the most information and is more sensitive
Urine dipsticks are not recommended for measuring albumin
uACR measures the protein and creatinine in your urine. Rising uACR (≥ 30 mg/g) detection occurs about 10 years before detectable decline in eGFR; uACR can be the best early indicator of kidney disease in patients with diabetes. Protein should be found in our body’s blood, not urine. When protein is spilling into urine, also call albuminuria or proteinuria, it can be an indication that the body’s kidneys are not functioning properly and could be damaged. Albuminuria can also increase risk of cardiovascular disease, so monitoring this regularly is important if you have risk factors.