Early Signs of Kidney Disease Often Undetected

A recent study of 300 patients admitted to New York and Chicago hospitals found that 40% of the patients had proteinuria (too much protein in urine). Of the identified patients, only 37% were treated for the condition. Additionally 1/3 of the patients with proteinuria had high blood pressure and only 43% were being treated with an anti-proteinuric high blood pressure drug.

Another important finding was that 41 percent of patients with proteinuria said they took Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NAISD) such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen which can be detrimental to the kidneys in certain circumstances.

Researchers “were surprised by the findings stating that proteinuria is very common and it’s easy to fix … and it’s being ignored.”

The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the National Kidney Foundation.