Does the doctor taking care of your Diabetes check your urine for protein, or albumin. This Italian study shows about 10% of people with diabetes have albuminuria or protein in the urine. Even a small amount of it will increase the risk for heart problems. The study does not prove cause and effect, as there could be a common factor leading to albuminuria and heart problems. When an ACE inhibitor is used, the relationship between the risk of albumin excretion and heart problems disappeared. While the amount of albumin excreted correlated with the risk of cardiovascular disease, it it very important to detect even small amounts of protein excretion. Many people with Diabetes have a test to detect these small amounts called microalbumin. If you physician advised use of an ACE inhibitor, listen carefully.
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