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Prevalence of Microalbuminuria Among Newly Diagnosed Diabetic Out-Patients Using the Urine Dipstick Albumin to Creatinine Ratio.


Melody S. Rosales

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Department of Pathology - Baguio General Hospital & Medical Center

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Research Report
September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020


Introduction: Diabetes mellitus is considered a global burden and one of its dreaded complications is diabetic nephropathy leading to chronic kidney disease. Microalbuminuria detects the early stages of diabetic nephropathy for prompt management resulting in a delay, reversion, or prevention of renal function deterioration. This study was carried out to determine the prevalence of microalbuminuria among newly diagnosed diabetic out-patients and investigate the relationships of albuminuria to age, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, and high-density lipoprotein serum levels.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 29 newly diagnosed diabetic out-patients in Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020. Data were collected from out-patient and laboratory records for the demography and laboratory tests. Microalbuminuria was measured by computing the urinary albumin to creatinine ratio using a dipstick method on a spot urine specimen. A 3-30 mg/mmol urine albumin to creatinine ratio was considered positive for microalbuminuria. The relationship of albuminuria to age, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, and high-density lipoprotein serum levels were calculated utilizing the Spearman correlation as a statistical tool.

Results: Out of 29 newly diagnosed diabetic out-patients, 14 (48.28%) were male and 15 (51.72%) were females. Most patients belonged to 51-58 years old age bracket with 31.03%. A majority, equivalent to 17 (58.62%) patients, had 6.5-9.9% hemoglobin A1c l. Fasting blood glucose levels were not used as diagnostic criteria for diabetes due to incomplete data collected from the patients. There were 4 (13.79%) patients who had urine albumin to creatinine ratio of 3-30 mg/mmol and were then positive for microalbuminuria. The correlation coefficient of albuminuria to age, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein and low-density lipoprotein serum levels were 0.078 (p-value: 0.344), 0.096 (p-value: 0.311), -0.173 (p-value: 0.184) and 0.036 (p-value: 0.427), respectively.

Conclusion: Newly diagnosed diabetic-out patients in Baguio General Hospital had a prevalence of 13.79%. Age, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, and high-density lipoprotein serum levels had no significant and negligible correlation with albuminuria, hence, suggestions on the adjustment of computed urine albumin to creatinine ratio in regards to these parameters were not necessary.


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