If you have
chronic kidney disease, your health professional may
instruct you to check the protein content in your urine at home. Increased
protein is a sign that your kidneys are being damaged.
To test your urine on a daily basis, use a simple test kit containing
a urine testing strip that you dip into a fresh sample of your urine. Follow
the instructions on the kit and find the results by matching the colour of the
strip to colour blocks on the container.
You can buy urine testing strips at most pharmacies and drugstores.
The cost of the strips may not be covered by provincial health plans.
Record your results in a notebook or log, along with your blood
pressure and whether swelling (edema) is present. Notify your health
professional of your results as often as needed. You can also take your
notebook and results with you to each doctor's visit.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerWilliam Gilbert, MD - Maternal and Fetal Medicine Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine