ALBUMIN, RANDOM URINE W/O CREATININE
Does this test have other names?
Urine Albumin Tests, Micro albumin tests, Albumin Tests
What is the use of an albumin random urine test?
An albumin test measures the quantity of protein in the urine. An albumin random urine test diagnoses and monitors the disease of the kidney in a person. The filters of a kidney help keep albumin in the blood. Your kidneys eliminate waste from your body. The failure of the kidneys leads to the loss of proteins in your kidneys excreted through urine.
Albumin is a protein present in the blood made by your liver. A small amount of albumin in your urine is called micro albumin. High albumin levels in the urine may lead to kidney or renal disease. This test does not calculate the level of creatinine.
When should I need an albumin random urine test?
A person having a high risk of kidney disease may need to conduct a micro albumin test. Symptoms of kidney disease do not show up early. Your healthcare provider recommends this test for people at risk of kidney disease.
You may have kidney disease if you experience these conditions
- High blood pressure
- Accumulation of water in the body
- Frequency or reduction in urine
- Difficulty in passing the urine
- Dry skin
- Heart disease
- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- Swelling in eyes or legs
- Cloudy or foamy urine
- Family history of kidney disease
Your provider may suggest additional tests and treatment for the problem if the albumin levels are higher in an albumin random urine test.
What happens during this test?
Micro albumin is a simple random urine test. Your healthcare provider will instruct you to collect all urine at any time. Your doctor may also recommend two spot urine tests during the day at different intervals. After you deliver the urine sample to your provider, you can return home for daily activities. This test takes at least 5 to 10 minutes.
What do I need to prepare for this test?
You can avoid severe or extreme exercise before giving this test. These may increase the amount of albumin for a short time. You can also ask your healthcare provider about the use of medications and supplements that may change the test results.
What are the risks of the test?
An albumin random urine test does not have any risk. You may experience a little pain at the point in your vein from where the blood collects. A small chance of bleeding or bruising may also occur, but generally, these signs do not last long.
What is the recommended range for a micro albumin test?
The ideal range for an albumin random urine test lies below 30mcg/mg (microgram/milligram). A value between 30 to 300 mcg/mg can show an early disease of the kidneys. You may experience severe kidney disease if your test results indicate a value above 300 mcg/mg. You can discuss your test results with your doctor. You may need to conduct additional testing if you have higher albumin levels in your urine.
What do the albumin test results mean?
If your results show abnormal levels of albumin in the blood, you may need to perform additional tests. Inflammation of the body, exercise, and certain medicines lead to a temporary increase in albumin levels. Your healthcare provider recommends you perform two more tests within three to six months. If two out of three albumin tests indicate abnormal results, you may be at an early stage of kidney disease.
The higher value of albumin in the urine shows that you have kidney disease. You are at risk of heart and blood vessel problems as well. A small amount of albumin does not always mean kidney disease. Gum infections, urinary tract infections, and hepatitis can also increase the albumin level.
Your healthcare provider recommends this test to diagnose the condition of your kidneys. You can order an online albumin random urine test at UmbrellaMD, an online healthcare platform. It is the easiest and fastest way to book any lab test. You can make an appointment with a doctor while you are at home. You can register here to get information on more laboratory tests and medicines.