My husband has an annual check up every November. He is a 54 y/o, white male. This year his GFR was 53. There was some protein in his urine and his triglycerides were elevated >300. We were shocked! His M.D wanted to put him on B/P med. However, his B/P is running 124/72. I feel he needs further testing. What should we do?

Blood pressure medications are often used to treat patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who have protein in the urine (proteinuria).  This is often done when the blood pressure is normal.  I suggest that you and your husband discuss this with his physician and determine what is being treated and ask for measures to be taken that make a specific diagnosis as to the cause of the CKD and what are the goals of treatment.


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