Protein helps predict Kidney Function

Business Week recently featured research by the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta‘s Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn.

“Right now, the guidelines say you should use a blood test called serum creatinine [which measures a waste product processed by the kidneys] to give you an estimate of how well the kidneys are working,” said study author Dr. Brenda R. Hemmelgarn, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “We found that including another marker of kidney health — the level of protein in the urine — helps to better predict risk than that single measure.”

“I think it’s very likely to get adopted in the new guidelines,” she added. And, in fact, she is probably right.

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