Dr. Nirvan Mukerji from Kaiser Permanente Cumberland Medical Center shares his best advice about kidney disease.
What medical test should men be sure to get?
Men should ask their doctors to check their urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio and blood creatinine level to screen for proper kidney function. This test involves providing a morning urine sample.
What results can they expect to receive?
The patient may have an elevated urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio, which indicates loss of protein in the urine, an early sign of kidney disease.
Is this test typically covered by insurance?
This test is covered by most insurance plans because early detection of kidney disease is very cost effective.
When do men know they need to get this test?
The majority of men with kidney disease will have no symptoms, so it is very important for men to be screened routinely. Men should be screened yearly if they have risk factors for kidney disease, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, or at age 50 if they have no risk factors for kidney disease.