Any level of measurable urinary protein excretion 'increases heart risk in diabetics'

31 August 2012

Any degree of measurable urinary protein excretion in individuals with type 2 diabetes increases the patient's risk of experiencing heart problems, a new study has underlined.

Research published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology revealed that even if the person's level of urinary protein excretion is considered to be in the normal range, their risk of cardiac issues rises.

A number of patients with type 2 diabetes experience kidney problems which in turn causes them to excrete increased levels of the protein albumin in their urine.

These individuals have a significantly raised chance of developing heart conditions including heart attacks, strokes and heart failure, than other diabetic patients do.

Investigators had considered if there was a level at which the amount of albumin measurable started to increase the patient's risk of developing cardiac problems.

Researcher Giuseppe Remuzzi explained: "It would be important to know whether there is a level for albuminuria that differentiates individuals in need of cardioprotective intervention from those with a low risk."

However, it was found that any degree of measurable albumin in the urine at all was linked to considerable heart risks.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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