Understanding How the Kidneys Work
Having Chronic Proteinuria Is a Problem
Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs with many important functions. For example, they release hormones into the body and help control blood pressure.
But these are not the only important functions your kidneys carry out.
The kidneys have tiny blood vessels. These are called glomeruli.
The glomeruli act as filters.
They help your body filter out harmful toxins from your blood.
But if a problem arises with the glomeruli, the kidneys’ filtering system may not work the way it should.
If the glomeruli can’t filter your blood the way they should, they allow protein to “spill over” from your blood into your urine. The amount of protein passed out of your body through urine may increase to very high levels.
When this happens there’s too much protein in your urine, and there may not be enough protein in your blood.
Your body is at risk of not getting the nutritional benefit that protein provides.
But it's important to know that chronic proteinuria may be managed through treatment and a healthy diet and lifestyle. That’s because if your urinary protein levels stay high for too long, it can lead to kidney problems or failure.