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I'm concerned because my results out of the ranges that are considered normal (which are in the parentheses). ... Can anyone give me more info on these tests and their results or point me to a web page with info?

Hi jemedwards,
First things, first. Congratulations on the weight loss. That is a great step to controlling your diabetes. Also, congrats on being able to have the discipline to manage on diet and exercise alone. You deserve a gold star!

I am a Type 1 diabetic of 28 years. This is the ONLY basis for my attempting to help. I just checked my last lab results because you got me to thinking.

January 2003
Creatinine: 0.8 mg/dl (0.5-1.2 normal)
albumin: 4.2 g/dl (3.7-5.1 normal)

These tests (and yours, which are slightly different) are used to screen for diabetic nephropathy. Back when I was a teenager, my test results showed that I had preliminary kidney damage. I worked really hard at getting my blood glucose under control and, praise God, I no longer show signs of kidney damage. Now I just have to ask for His help daily in maintaining control so I will be around to play with my daughter's kids (my daughter is 7, by the way : ))

A lot has changed in the knowledge base of diabetes in the 28 years since I was diagnosed. I did a quick web search on Google, read a few articles, and this is what I found that you might be interested in.

Web MD - What is Diabetic Nephropathy
http://my.webmd.com/content/healthwise/103/25747.htm?lastselectedguid={5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}

Other various web resources on microalbumin creatinine ratios
http://www.diabetesforum.net/eng_treat_nephropathy.htm
http://www.maclearinghouse.com/PDFs/Diabetes/GuidelinesFY03/Diabetic_nephropathy.pdf
http://www.acb.org.uk/welshaudit/microalb.htm

Keep up the great work!
Holly
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