Proteinura, Self Monitor
Try testing for protein in your urine about once a week using albustix. One can check your urine for foam in the bowl. This can be an indicator of protein spillage in the urine. Some have found by remaining alkaline and eating vegan foods they can limit the amount of protein spilled in the urine. If one has liver cysts, animal proteins trigger the release of secretin. Secretin triggers the release of cyclic AMP. Cyclic AMP can cause a cystic liver to grow and enlarge. Maintaining alkalinity helps lower blood pressure and helps decrease the amount of protein spillage.
How to Test for Proteinuria?The effect of variations in the manner of dipping was studied by dipping one-quarter, one-half, and the whole of the impregnated portion of several strips for periods of 2 seconds, ten seconds, and 2 minutes, into normal and protein-containing urine. Considerable differences were observed. Partial immersion was found to give patchy and erratic results, while total immersion for 2 minutes or more in protein-free urine gave occasional false-positive indications.
When strips were quickly and completely dipped, removed at once, and drained by touching against the side of the vessel the colors were uniform and false-positives did not arise. These effects seem to be due to partial or complete elution of the citrate buffer from the strip, thus allowing the indicator to respond to the normal pH of the urine.
The indications given by albustix with naturally acid urine, pH 5.2 and naturally alkaline urine, pH 7.5 to which protein had been added to give a concentration of 200mg/100 ml were compared. A similar comparison was made when 30 mg/100 ml had been added. In each case the alkaline urine gave a more positive indication, but the difference (less than one division of the color scale) was insignificant.
Why Monitor Proteinuria?
Proteinuria is a marker of kidney disease and is associated with risk of adverse outcomes. We studied 812,386 individuals. In conclusion, we found a substantial and progressive decrease in life expectancy for men and women with the presence and severity of proteinuria.