does anyone know what exactly a very high microalbumin-creatinine ratio indicates?
It is usually just under 100. It fluctuates from 80.00 to about 100.00, normal is 0.0-2.8.
I asked my nephrologist about it once and did not get a clear answer- something about it indicating the extent of damage to the kidneys...?
Sorry but I don't know much about this ratio. I always went more by the trends in my creatinine and what my BUN and potassium were. I did that because they had more of a day to day effect on my lifestyle (diet) and in knowing where I stood.
Thank you for that, Cora! I will try asking my doctor again next time and pay more attention to his answer. I have found a bit of information about this ratio:
Microalbumin-creatinine ratio measures the amount of protein albumin in the urine. The amount of albumin is compared to the amount of creatinine in the same urine sample. This helps determine whether the body is excreting albumin in an increased rate. This test is used to screen for kidney problems in teens with diabetes, to monitor kidney function in kids with an existing kidney disease on medications that can affect the kidney function. It also helps detect kidney complications from hypertension and autoimmune diseases.