Diabetes is a very common cause of kidney failure. Studies have shown that identifying diabetic patients who have a very early stage of kidney disease by demonstrating an abnormal ACR helps treatment to be appropriately adjusted. Good control of diabetes and other conditions, such as high blood pressure, can slow down or prevent the progression of kidney disease.
A moderately increased ACR indicates an early phase of developing kidney disease. Very high values show that kidney disease is present in a more severe form. Very low values generally indicate that kidney function is normal if other tests of kidney function, e.g. the glomerular filtration rate, also show no abnormality.
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