I have just returned from my quarterly check-up, which included a urine check for albumin. It was a morning urine sample (spot sample). My endo mentioned that according to the stick test I had a very "slightly elevated level of albumin, putting it just over 20mg.
I have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes only three years ago and my control has been good ever since. (Highest A1c at 6.2).
The endo said not to be alarmed quite yet but to wait for another test in 6 months. He also mentioned that protein levels in the urine could sometimes be slightly elevated for other reasons, esp. in females.
My question to all of you would be, if anybody has had a similar experience with a test result like this despite having good control. How likely am I facing a diabetes related kidney complication and is there anything I could do to prevent progression, Since I am eating a moderately carb reduced diet, with eggs, fish, chicken and cheese playing a significant role on a daily/weekly basis, could it be that this protein-heavy diet has somehow "overworked" my kidneys or something?
Could I be genetically dispositioned to kidney problems, so damage was done despite good control / short diabetes duration?
I would be grateful for any suggestions and thoughts.