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What Causes Proteinuria?

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Posted on Wed, 25 Oct 2017
Question: After a routine checkup my Doctor wants me to submit a urine sample to the lab. There was nothing to suggest anything out of the ordinary. It was simply routine, however I am reluctant to do so.
I have noticed that recently my urine is very yellow and sometimes there are bubbles in it (in the toilet). It hasn't been that way for long and I was waiting for it to be more "normal" before I submitted a urine sample.
What could be causing the yellow and/or bubbles? I have started drinking more coffee recently and I wonder if that could cause the change. I was also put on a Statin drug by my Cardiologist.
Also, should I get the urine sample first thing after I get up?
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Bubbles could mean there is protein leaking in urine!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about these bubbles that you have reported in your urine. Bubbles often suggests the presence of proteins in urine. If this persists, then there is need for a urine test. This is certainly the reason why your doctor is requesting for one. Early morning urine samples are ideal for testing purposes.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to follow up with me if need be.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah (8 hours later)
What might be the reason for the protein in the urine? Is it a bad to have protein in the urine?
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Yes, it is not good to have protein in urine!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Protein in urine is not normal but not all protein in urine signals a disease. I will like that the exact amount and type of protein be identified, if any, for further guidance.

I look forward to seeing the results and interpreting to provide more helpful information.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What Causes Proteinuria?

Brief Answer: Bubbles could mean there is protein leaking in urine! Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about these bubbles that you have reported in your urine. Bubbles often suggests the presence of proteins in urine. If this persists, then there is need for a urine test. This is certainly the reason why your doctor is requesting for one. Early morning urine samples are ideal for testing purposes. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to follow up with me if need be.