Albumin / Creatinine Ratio, Random Urine Test

  • Item # LC140285

Albumin / Creatinine Ratio, Random Urine Test

  • Item # LC140285

This test measures albumin and creatinine in the urine and determines the amount of albumin relative to the amount of creatinine. An elevation of urinary albumin is an indicator of deteriorating renal (kidney) function.

Albumin (also known as microalbumin) is the measurement of albumin (a protein) in urine at concentrations below the sensitivity of dipstick testing for total protein performed in a routine urinalysis. Albuminuria is an important indicator of deteriorating renal function.

The value of testing albumin levels is well established in people with diabetes1 because over time, high glucose levels damage small vessels in the kidneys. Twenty percent to 40% of type II diabetics with sustained albuminuria will progress to overt kidney disease.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that routine urinalysis be performed annually on adults with diabetes.1 If the urinalysis is negative for protein, albumin measurement is recommended, in order to catch kidney disease at an earlier stage.


Fasting is not required. Physical exercise during the previous 24 hours can cause a transient elevation in albumin. Other variables, including infection, fever, congestive heart failure, and marked hypertension, can also result in increased albumin levels.


  1. American Diabetes Association. Position Statement: Diabetic Nephropathy. Diabetes Care. 1997; 20(50):S24-S27.

The laboratory services are for informational purposes only. It is not the intention of National Diagnostics, Inc and Life Extension to provide specific medical advice but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health. Specific medical advice including diagnosis and treatment will not be provided. Always seek the advice of a trained health professional for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Both the physician and the testing laboratory are independent contractors with whom National Diagnostics, Inc makes arrangements for your blood tests. Neither National Diagnostics, Inc or Life Extension will be liable for any acts or omissions of the physician, the testing laboratory, or their agents or employees.

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