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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA:

My son is 17 and has had diabetes for 12 years. Today he was told he had too much protein in his urine and was placed on Accupril [a medication in the class called "ACE Inhibitors," that decreases blood pressure and urinary protein levels]. Does this mean he is or will have kidney problems? His father, who is deceased, had kidney failure when my son was 2. We never were told about too much protein in his urine; he just had a blood test done and the kidney function was not good and eventually he needed a transplant which was successful but having diabetes at 4 back in 1959 took its toll and he died at age of 38. We really are scared my son will go down the same road.


Fortunately, we now test for protein early.

  1. Take the ACE inhibitor.
  2. Do the best you can to take great care of the diabetes.
  3. His A1c should be as close to 7 or below if possible.
  4. Be sure to have an annual eye exam.
  5. Be sure blood pressure is totally normal.


Additional comments from Dr. Quick:

See How to Protect your Kidneys for some additional advice.


Original posting 25 Jun 1999
Posted to Complications


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