The Truth About Proteinuria – Protein in The Urine and Kidney Health

The Truth About Proteinuria – Protein in The Urine and Kidney Health


Hello, this is Katherine, welcome to 00kidney. A lot of people are convinced that if you
have protein in the urine or foam in the urine it’s a clear symptom of kidney disease. This is not always true. So today I’m going to show you the truth about
protein in the urine. If your urine looks so frothy it could be
on tap at your local bar, you might be worried… but it doesn’t always mean something bad is
happening. Today I’m going to talk a little bit more
in depth about this topic and I’m going to answer questions like
What Does Foam in the Urine Look Like? Is protein in the urine a symptom of kidney
problems? What causes protein in the urine? What can reduce protein in urine? So let’s start with our first question:
Number 1 I’ve got bubbles in my urine. Is this normal? It could be. Urine is normally pale yellow to dark amber
in color and is also flat. A variety of factors, from diet to drugs to
disease, can cause changes in the color and can cause bubble or foam in the urine. Bubbles shouldn’t be a cause of concern. The most obvious cause of bubbles in the urine
is the speed of urination. Urine can foam up briefly every once in a
while. If your urine has bubbles, it could be because
your bladder is full and the urine is hitting the toilet fast enough to stir up the water. Just as water foams up when it comes out of
the tap quickly, urine foams if it hits the toilet quickly. This kind of bubbles should also clear up
quickly. Foamy urine on the other hand is a totally
different thing. Foamy urine can indicate that you have too
much of a protein, leaking from the kidneys, in your urine. The protein in your urine reacts with the
air to create foam. Number 2 How can you tell if it’s protein
in the urine or just normal bubbles? Normal bubbles are bigger, clear and flushable
and everyone will have bubbles in the toilet after urinating. Foam ,on the other hand, is white, and it
stays in the toilet after you flush. Now, we are not talking about some bubbles
in the urine here, which is perfectly normal. But if you see a foam similar to what you
can find on the top of a freshly spilled beer, that definitely could be proteinuria. Foamy urine is more likely to be a sign of
disease if it happens often or it gets worse over time. Foam in the urine is usually caused by a protein
leakage from the kidneys. This could be caused by a problem with the
kidneys. Question number 3 What happens to the kidneys
in case of protein in the urine? Your kidneys have many functions, ranging
from helping to regulate your blood pressure and stimulating the production of red blood
cells to converting vitamin D into its active form. But the main job of the kidneys is to remove
excess fluids, toxins and waste products from the blood. To do that, the blood that flows into each
kidney, passes through about one million tiny vascular filters called glomeruli. Healthy kidneys do not allow a significant
amount of protein to pass through their filters. But damaged kidneys may let proteins, such
as albumin, from the blood into the urine. Albumin in the urine is called proteinuria
or albuminuria. Protein in the urine is an important indicator
of kidney disease; it is often the very first symptom of kidney damage. Number 4 My doctor found protein in my urine. Should I worry? If there’s actually protein in your urine,
look for other symptoms of kidney disease as well. These symptoms could be clues that a medical
condition is causing the problem: swelling in your hands, feet, face, and abdomen,
could be a sign of fluid buildup from damaged kidneys
Now, if these symptoms are present, it means that the disease is already in the advanced
stages. The changes in the urination patterns, including
foamy urine, is often the very first symptom of kidney disease. So, if you have cloudy urine, darker colored
urine or even foam in the urine, don’t wait for things to get worse. Ask immediately yourself this question: do
I have any risk factors for kidney disease? This brings us to… Number 5 what are the risk factors for kidney
disease? Risk factors are all those conditions you
may have that can cause chronic kidney disease. The most frequent risk factor for kidney disease
is DIABETES. If you have diabetes and you see foam in the
urine, don’t wait to see the symptoms of ckd. Act immediately. Diabetes if not properly treated can lead
to very serious kidney problems. Then there’s HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, Obesity,
smoking, urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Infections of the urinary tract can climb
up to the kidneys and start creating troubles there. High cholesterol can cause a lot of troubles
with the kidneys too. Also CKD is a lot more frequent in people
65 years or older, or if you have any case of CKD in your family. So what to do if you have one or more of these
risk factors and you see foam in the urine? Don’t wait! get checked! Find out what the problem is and start to
treat it as soon as you can. Now, before you rush to your doctor let’s
back up a second and consider Number 6 is foam in the urine always caused
by kidney disease? While kidney problems are the most usual cause
of proteinuria, foam in the urine doesn’t always mean protein
in the urine. so there are other causes of foam in the urine
worth considering. Sometimes, urine can also foam up when it’s
just too concentrated. Your urine is made up of waste and extra fluid
coming from the kidneys. The kidneys filter up to 150 quarts of blood
per day and make about one to two quarts of urine. There’s protein in the urine. A low level of protein is perfectly normal. but certain things can make it spike enough
to cause foamy pee. Now, your urine is more concentrated when
you haven’t had much water to drink and you’re dehydrated. So, if you’re dehydrated, you might notice
foam in your urine. That’s because your urine is more concentrated
when you’re dehydrated, creating a bigger chance that the protein in it will cause foam. If this happens, it’s not a symptom of kidney
problems. It’s just dehydration. So, most of the time, foamy urine is nothing
to worry about. You can relieve it simply by drinking more
water. So, if you see some foamy pee in the toilet
bowl, you don’t immediately need to go to the doctor. First, see if it’s a fluke. So try this before worrying: Drink more and
see if goes away by itself drink plenty of water and see if you’re still
experiencing foamy pee. Number 7 Are there other causes of foam in
the urine? Yes,
being under stress, a very intense workout, or being pregnant can cause foamy urine too. And sometimes, the problem is actually just
your toilet. Some toilet cleaning chemicals can make your
urine look foamy. If this is the cause, the foam should stop
as soon as you flush the cleaner out of the toilet. Now, there are medicines that can cause foamy
urine too. Number 8 what medications can cause foamy
urine? Some pain-relieving UTI medication can cause
foamy urine. Taking the medicine phenazopyridine hydrochloride
Also known as AZO is another less common cause of foamy urine. People take this medication to treat the pain
from urinary tract infections. Although the most famous side effect of AZO
is causing orange urine, some people also report foamy, bubbly urine. This is thought to be a chemical reaction
that happens when the drug mixes with water. There’s even another cause of foamy urine
to consider, retrograde ejaculation. Number 9 What if the cause is retrograde ejaculation? A less common cause of foamy urine is retrograde
ejaculation, which is a condition that happens in men when semen backs up into the bladder
instead of being released from the penis. In males, urine and ejaculate both pass through
the urethra. There’s a muscle, or sphincter, near the neck
of the bladder that helps to hold urine in until you’re ready to urinate. During orgasm, that same muscle contracts
to keep ejaculate from entering the bladder. That allows it to flow through the urethra. When this sphincter fails to contract, there’s
retrograde ejaculation. Because this muscle stays relaxed, the ejaculate
ends up in the bladder. The result is what’s called a dry orgasm,
and there’s no ejaculate. It’s not a disease or a serious threat to
your health, and it could be treated. Usually it’s only a concern for people trying
to father a child. Retrograde ejaculation can cause infertility
or having difficulty getting a female partner pregnant. So If you’re having orgasms without ejaculate,
it’s worth checking it out with your doctor to examine the cause and rule out underlying
disease. If that’s the case, you can pursue your options
with a fertility specialist. Ok, so it seems to be that there could be
several causes to the problem of foamy urine or protein in the urine. So… Number 10 Is proteinuria a symptom of kidney
disease? Yes, it could be the very first symptom of
the disease. Kidney disease often has no early symptoms. If protein in the urine is caused by kidney
damage, it means that kidney disease has already reached an advanced stage. A lot of the people diagnosed with CKD discovered
it due to proteinuria So when proteinuria shows up in a urine test
done during a routine physical exam it could be necessary to do some other tests. Blood tests will then be done to see how well
the kidneys are working In some cases, proteinuria may not turn out
to be an important issue, but it does call for further evaluation and, perhaps, action. And obviously, The more protein in the urine,
the greater the risk. People with protein in the urine are also
at increased risk for high blood pressure and blood clots in veins. Now, if this comes unexpected get the test
redone. When you get a report of an abnormal lab result,
the first thing to do is have the test repeated. In case proteinuria is confirmed, a full evaluation
of your kidney function, or GFR is necessary. You should also be sure to have your blood
pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels checked. This is very important because these conditions
can damage the kidneys without you noticing. Blood pressure and blood sugar levels control
is really important to protect the health of your kidneys. Number 11 What if my kidneys are actually
damaged? The problem with kidney health is that symptoms
of damage only appears late in kidney disease. This means that immediate action is really
important. When foamy urine is caused by kidney damage,
you’ll need a diagnosis really quick. And to start to treat the cause. Often, diabetes and high blood pressure cause
kidney disease. Kidney disease is a very scary illness, but
it can be treated and the progression can be stopped in many cases, or at least slowed
down. Here the most important thing is to get diagnosed
as soon as possible, because preventing damage is a lot easier than getting kidney function
back. Number 12 what to do to keep the kidneys healthy
and to avoid further damage? You can slow down the progression of kidney
disease by managing the conditions causing it. If it’s high blood pressure you need to lower
it, if it’s diabetes you need to keep blood sugar under control. In case of diabetes, your doctor will recommend
that you eat a balanced diet and get plenty of exercise to help treat this condition. You’ll have to do tests often to make sure
these levels stay within a healthy range. You might also need to take medicine that
lowers your blood sugar. If the cause is high blood pressure, you’ll
also want to watch your diet and stay active. Limiting the salt and protein in your diet
can both bring down blood pressure and prevent your kidneys from having to work so hard. Your doctor can prescribe drugs that lower
blood pressure and protect the kidneys from additional damage. Want to know more about how to protect and
improve the health of your kidneys? Watch this video
This is all for today, thank you for watching.

24 thoughts on “The Truth About Proteinuria – Protein in The Urine and Kidney Health

  1. Hi Katherine. What about apple cider vinegar? Is taking this everyday effective in protecting the kidney and reducing protenuria?

  2. Hello sunshine I’m in shock at the moment My ankles swell but I think it’s from sitting driving for many hours a day sometimes when I wake up my hands are a little swollen but I thought it was from to much sodium

  3. Hello 00 sunshine I’m sure your a busy little lady thank you for all the great advise and videos it helps a lot bringing great information to the public and a big bonus we get to see your beautiful smile 😊 we just celebrate thanks giving so let me say thanks for giving your time to make your cute energetic videos see you soon in the next one god bless you little lady and please keep smiling 😉

  4. Hello Miss Katherine. I really like all your videos it very informative it gives me hope. I just want to ask you about my situation. I also have foamy urine since 2015 my doctor prescribed medicine so im taking IMURAN until now. About more than a year ago when my doctor add medicie because I also have hypertension im taking DIOVAN and CONCOR and this week he told me that I have stage 1 CKD that I need to take methotrexate but when I check in the youtube/Google I felt scared because its for cancer patient and there's a lot of side effect. Would you recommended this medicine to me?is it safe because until now im not taking this medicine

  5. I'm a ckd patient I was stage 4 for the last nine months. In January my gfr was 17 with diet change and drinking only water I was able to reverse my ckd. I went to my 3 month follow up kidney appointment October 23 and I brought my gfr upto 31now I'm stage 3. However, I'm spoiling lots of protein in my urine 2,383 to be exact. My dr put me on medication a directic. My blood pressure has been high a few days before my appointment and is till elevated. My doctor seems to think its the spilling of protein and the stress of losing my mom that's causing high Bp.
    Do you have any suggestions or recommendations in how to lower the protein in my urine? Thank you for all you do to help ckd patients. 💚

  6. 🎯Cut your sugar out start taking Co Q 10 I would take 400 mg a day(ubiquinol) there was a study done 180 mg a day cured kidney disease ginger root about a quarter size of a golf ball fresh cut it up in a blender mix it up with 8 ounce of water and then a tablespoon of meringue powder drink that 2 times a day you will see a big difference protein is not bad for your kidneys sugar destroys kidneys Also take quarter teaspoon of baking soda daily with water do not overdo your water intake

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