Kidney Health

Do you know how to take care of your kidneys?

The Ulta Lab Tests kidney health test is a series of tests that assesses kidney function and overall health.

Kidneys are one of the most important organs in the body, and it's important to ensure they're healthy. The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs that filter the blood and remove waste products. They also help maintain a healthy fluid balance, control electrolytes and produce hormones such as erythropoietin. Kidneys play an essential role in maintaining good health. If they're not working correctly, it can lead to serious problems like kidney failure or death. That's why it's so important to have regular checkups for your kidneys with a kidney health test!

The kidney health test is a set of tests that measures the overall kidney function and indicates possible problems with your kidneys. This includes testing for protein in the urine, blood pressure, creatinine levels, albuminuria (protein loss in the urine), glomerular filtration rate (GFR), and other factors. These tests can help determine if there are any issues with your kidneys or urinary tract system. Kidney disease is often silent until it's too late to reverse its effects on your body, so early detection is key. It can also be used as a follow-up test after treatment for chronic kidney disease (CKD) or other conditions that affect your kidneys.

If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, then you should be tested regularly for signs of kidney damage, as these conditions can cause long-term damage to the kidneys over time. We recommend regular screening if you're at risk of developing chronic renal failure due to genetic predisposition or other underlying conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus nephritis, polycystic kidney disease, or other conditions. It's crucial to get tested regularly to catch any potential problems early on. Don't wait until it's too late - get tested today!

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You should never ignore symptoms of poor kidney function because if left untreated, this could lead to more serious complications like end-stage renal disease (ESRD). ESRD causes permanent damage to the kidneys and ultimately leads to complete loss of kidney function. This condition requires dialysis treatment or a transplant in order for patients to survive – which are expensive procedures not everyone has access to. 

Don't let something as simple as a blood and urine test prevent you from living your life! Get tested today! Don't wait until there is a problem - get tested today! Our kidney health test will give you peace of mind by checking your overall kidney function and indicating possible issues with your kidneys before they become more serious issues down the road.

The results from these blood and urine tests will help you take action if there are any signs of trouble with your kidneys so you can get early treatment before things get worse. You'll feel better knowing what's going on inside your body, and we'll make sure you have access to these important lab tests to take charge of your health. 

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Take control of your health by ordering your kidney health lab tests from the list below. 

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This panel is designed for individuals diagnosed as having diabetes mellitus whose kidney disease has advanced to Stage 3/4 impairment. The panel affords the opportunity to assess electrolytes, phosphorus, serum creatinine/eGFR, hemoglobin, microalbumin, parathyroid hormone, calcium, and vitamin D. The grouping of these tests, readily identifiable as elements that adhere to guideline recommendations, is intended to facilitate the ready adherence to professional society clinical practice guidelines. Components of the testing related to the Management of CKD in diabetes, as outlined in the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2013. These recommendations are in broad agreement with those published by the National Kidney Foundation and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

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Dipstick urinalysis is important in accessing the chemical constituents in the urine and the relationship to various disease states. Microscopic examination helps to detect the presence of cells and other formed elements.

NOTE: Only measurable biomarkers will be reported.

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IMPORTANT - This REFLEX TEST WILL result in an additional charge if a Culture, Urine, Routine #395 is performed. 

If you need just a Urinalysis, Complete test, order Urinalysis (UA), Complete #5463

Dipstick urinalysis is important in accessing the chemical constituents in the urine and the relationship to various disease states. Microscopic examination helps to detect the presence of abnormal urine cells and formed elements. Culture may identify the organism(s) causing infection.

if a Culture, Urine, Routine #395 is performed this is also a Reflux test that..... ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL BE APPLIED IF TEST IS POSITIVE.

If culture is positive, CPT code(s): 87088 (each isolate) will be added with an additional charge.  Identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149).

Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).

  • ORG ID 1. $ 12.45 
  • ORG ID 2. $ 23.95 
  • PRESUMPTIVE ID 1. $ 12.45 
  • PRESUMPTIVE ID 2. $ 23.95 
  • SUSC-1  $14.95 
  • SUSC-2  $28.95

NOTE: Only measurable biomarkers will be reported.

Culture, Urine, Routine 

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If culture is positive, CPT code(s): 87088 (each isolate) will be added with an additional charge.  Identification will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 87077 or 87140 or 87143 or 87147 or 87149).

Antibiotic susceptibilities are only performed when appropriate (CPT code(s): 87181 or 87184 or 87185 or 87186).

  • ORG ID 1. $ 12.45 
  • ORG ID 2. $ 23.95 
  • PRESUMPTIVE ID 1. $ 12.45 
  • PRESUMPTIVE ID 2. $ 23.95 
  • SUSC-1  $14.95 
  • SUSC-2  $28.95

Clinical Significance

Culture, Urine, Routine - This culture is designed to quantitate the growth of significant bacteria when collected by the Clean Catch Guidelines or from indwelling catheters.  Quantitative culturing of urine is an established tool to differentiate significant bacteruria from contamination introduced during voiding. This test has a reference range of less than 1,000 bacteria per mL. More than 95% of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are attributed to a single organism. Infecting organisms are usually present at greater that 100,000 per mL, but a lower density may be clinically important. In cases of UTI where more than one organism is present, the predominant organism is usually significant and others are probably urethral or collection contaminants. When multiple organisms are isolated from patients with indwelling catheters, UTI is doubtful and colonization likely.

Serum albumin measurements are used in the monitoring and treatment of numerous diseases involving those related to nutrition and pathology particularly in the liver and kidney. Serum albumin is valuable when following response to therapy where improvement in the serum albumin level is the best sign of successful medical treatment. There may be a loss of albumin in the gastrointestinal tract, in the urine secondary to renal damage or direct loss of albumin through the skin. More than 50% of patients with gluten enteropathy have depressed albumin. The only cause of increased albumin is dehydration; there is no naturally occurring hyperalbuminemia

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Serum creatinine is useful in the evaluation of kidney function and in monitoring renal dialysis. A serum creatinine result within the reference range does not rule out renal function impairment: serum creatinine is not sensitive to early renal damage since it varies with age, gender and ethnic background. The impact of these variables can be reduced by an estimation of the glomerular filtration rate using an equation that includes serum creatinine, age and gender.

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To screen for and monitor kidney dysfunction in those with known or suspected kidney disease. Cystatin C is a relatively small protein that is produced throughout the body by all cells that contain a nucleus and is found in a variety of body fluids, including the blood. It is produced, filtered from the blood by the kidneys, and broken down at a constant rate. This test measures the amount of cystatin C in blood to help evaluate kidney function.Cystatin C is filtered out of the blood by the glomeruli, clusters of tiny blood vessels in the kidneys that allow water, dissolved substances, and wastes to pass through their walls while retaining blood cells and larger proteins. What passes through the walls of the glomeruli forms a filtrate fluid. From this fluid, the kidneys reabsorb cystatin C, glucose, and other substances. The remaining fluid and wastes are carried to the bladder and excreted as urine. The reabsorbed cystatin C is then broken down and is not returned to the blood.

Early Sjogren's Syndrome Profile


Carbonic Anhydrase VI (CA VI) IgG Antibodies, Carbonic Anhydrase VI (CA VI) IgA Antibodies, Carbonic Anhydrase VI (CA VI) IgM Antibodies
Parotid Specific Protein (PSP) IgG Antibodies, Parotid Specific Protein (PSP) IgA Antibodies, Parotid Specific Protein (PSP) IgM Antibodies
Salivary Protein 1 (SP-1) IgG Antibodies, Salivary Protein 1 (SP-1) IgA Antibodies, Salivary Protein 1 (SP-1) IgM Antibodies


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Sjogren's syndrome (SS) is a systemic autoimmune disease in which loss of salivary gland and lachrymal gland function is associated with hypergammaglobulinemia, autoantibody production, mild kidney and lung disease and eventually lymphoma. SS involves dry eyes and dry mouth without systemic features that may be either primary or secondary to another autoimmune disease, such as SLE. Patients with SS and picked up at a late stage in their disease, after the salivary glands and lachrymal glands are already destroyed, because they are asymptomatic until that time. At this point, only symptomatic treatment can be offered for abnormal lachrymal and salivary gland function. The diagnosis for SS is currently at a crossroad with the American College of Rheumatology providing which requires characteristic autoantibodies (SS-A/SS-B) or minor salivary gland biopsy. Since lip biopsies are not frequently performed in clinical practice, there is increased emphasis placed on autoantibodies in diagnosis. The current Ro and La antibodies can delay the diagnosis by over 6 years.Recently novel antibodies identified to salivary gland protein 1 (SP-1), carbonic anhydrase 6 (CA6) and parotid secretory protein (PSP) using western blot methodology. Further studies have shown that the isotype differentiation of the markers adds to the sensitivity of diagnosis of SS. These autoantibodies occurred earlier in the course of the disease than antibodies to Ro or La. In addition antibodies to SP-1, CA-6 and PSP were found in patients meeting the criteria for SS who lacked antibodies to Ro or La. Furthermore, in patients with idiopathic xerostomia and xerophthalmia for less than 2 years, 76% had antibodies to SP-1 and/or CA6 while only 31% had antibodies to Ro or La.
Antibodies to different isotypes (IgG, IgM & IgA of SP-1, CA6 and PSP are useful markers for identifying patients with SS at early stages of the disease or those that lack antibodies to either Ro or La.

Measurement of the amounts of the different light chain types aids in the diagnosis and monitoring of multiple myeloma, lymphocytic neoplasms, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, and connective tissue diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus.

Lactate Dehydrogenase (LD) is an enzyme that is present in many different organs and tissues. LD Isoenzymes (LDI) are useful in distinguishing the different isoenzymes expressed differentially in tissues and organs, e.g., cardiac muscle, skeletal muscle, and liver.

Lipid Panel with Direct LDL includes:Total cholesterol —this test measures all of the cholesterol in all the lipoprotein particles.High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) — measures the cholesterol in HDL particles; often called ""good cholesterol"" because it removes excess cholesterol and carries it to the liver for removal. Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) — calculates the cholesterol in LDL particles; often called ""bad cholesterol"" because it deposits excess cholesterol in walls of blood vessels, which can contribute to atherosclerosis. Usually, the amount of LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) is calculated using the results of total cholesterol, HDL-C, and triglycerides.Triglycerides — measures all the triglycerides in all the lipoprotein particles; most is in the very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL). If Triglyceride result is >400 mg/dL, Direct LDL will be performed at an additional charge.

The presence of LKM-1 antibodies can be used in conjunction with clinical findings and other laboratory tests to aid in the diagnosis of autoimmune liver diseases such as autoimmune hepatitis (AIH-2).

Microalbumin/Creatinine Ratio, Timed Urine 


Patient Preparation

Patient should refrain from taking excessive amounts of ascorbic acid or oxalate-rich foods (i.e., spinach, coffee, tea, chocolate, rhubarb) for at least 48 hours prior to collection period

Clinical Significance

Excessive oxalates in the urine may lead to oxalate kidney stones. Hyperoxaluria may be due to a rare inherited metabolic disorder in which the body produces excess of the salt oxalate, leading to stone formation.

Patient Preparation 

Patient should refrain from taking excessive amounts of ascorbic acid or oxalate-rich foods (i.e. spinach, coffee, tea, chocolate, rhubarb) for at least 48 hours prior to the collection period

Clinical Significance

Excessive oxalates in the urine may lead to oxalate kidney stones. Hyperoxaluria may be due to a rare inherited metabolic disorder in which the body produces excess of the salt oxalate leading to stone formation.

Clinical Significance

Phosphate, 24-Hour Urine with Creatinine - Phosphorus is present in many foods with a mean intake of approximately 1500 mg per day for adult males and about 1000 mg per day for adult females. Absorbed phosphate, under the influence of parathyroid hormone is readily excreted in the kidney. Measurement of urinary phosphorus generally reflects dietary intake hence, day-to-day excretion may show considerable variation.

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Diagnostic Panel 9 (REFLUX TEST) Includes

ANA Screen, IFA, with Reflex to Titer and Pattern; Sjögren's Antibodies (SS-A, SS-B); Mitochondrial Antibody with Reflex to Titer; Actin (Smooth Muscle) Antibody (IgG); Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (Anti-TPO); Liver Kidney Microsome (LKM-1) Antibody (IgG)


If ANA Screen, IFA is positive, then ANA Titer and Pattern will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 86039).
If Mitochondrial Antibody Screen is positive, then Mitochondrial Antibody Titer will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 86256).

According to the Kidney Disease Foundation, 1 in 2 people with very low kidney function is unaware of their health condition. An estimated 37 million Americans have kidney disease, yet 90% of those people aren't aware they have it.

This general unawareness of such a life-threatening illness is very concerning, especially since it is a leading cause of death in the United States.

To protect yourself from kidney disease and failure, it's important to test your organ function with a kidney health test. Kidney health blood tests will help you assess your kidney function and take immediate action if the results show that your kidney is not functioning properly.

What Are Kidney Health Lab Panels?

Kidneys are organs in your body that filter your bloodstream to remove waste and excess fluid. Without them, our bloodstream fills with waste particles, and our bodies cannot regulate toxicity in our blood.

Kidney health lab panels are blood tests you can order to determine your kidney function. These tests assess your kidney health by measuring the amount of waste that is flowing through your bloodstream.

A fundamental waste particle, creatinine, comes from the normal use of your muscular system. Your creatinine levels can differ, usually depending on your weight, age, and race. As your kidneys slow down, more creatinine flows through your bloodstream unfiltered. 

You should be meeting optimal levels in general, but you can also track the rise in creatinine levels over time using kidney function tests. For most women, creatinine levels should be under 1.2 when tested. For men, levels should be under 1.4.

Kidney health tests will consider your age and sex when assessing creatinine levels. There is also an adjustment factor for those of African American descent. 

Benefits of Kidney Health Lab Testing

There are many benefits to checking your kidney health. If you are experiencing symptoms, a kidney blood test will help you determine if kidney function is the cause. For example, early signs that you could be suffering from kidney disease are:

  • Exhaustion
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Dry or itchy skin
  • Blood or foam in the urine
  • Frequent urgency
  • Constant eye puffiness

There are a few different causes of kidney disease. You might have a condition that causes a decreased blood flow to your organs, or you've suffered damage to your kidneys. You might have also suffered from blocked drainage tubes, which will stop waste from exiting your body. 

If you have let symptoms persist without checking for kidney disease, your illness could progress to later stages. Acute kidney failure is when kidney function completely stops. You'll have to be hospitalized if you experience:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Decreased output of urine
  • Chest pain and pressure
  • Weakness
  • Seizures

You won't get to this point if you are regularly checking your health and taking action. Getting kidney blood tests and knowing how to protect your kidneys can save your life.

Types of Kidney Health Tests

At Ulta Lab Tests, we offer four panels to choose from that you can order to assess your kidney function. 

Kidney Health Basic Test

The kidney health basic test is the most popular panel by Ulta Lab Tests. This panel tests for 81 different biomarkers that can determine kidney health.

The first test on the panel is the CBC or complete blood count test. This test will check for 33 different biomarkers in your blood to check red and white blood cells. You may find that you have an increased white blood cell count, which is a sign of infection or allergic reaction. 

The second test on the panel is the comprehensive metabolic panel. This test checks for 21 biomarkers produced by the liver, muscles, and kidneys.

In this test, you may find an increased amount of creatinine, which will indicate lowered kidney function.

Finally, there will also be a urinalysis test. This test will check for all the waste particles and extra cells that could indicate lowered kidney function when found in high levels.

Kidney Health Basic Plus Test

The kidney health basic plus panel adds two more tests. Along with the CBC, CMP, and urinalysis tests, you'll also receive the PTH and Uric Acid tests.

The PTH test checks parathyroid hormone levels, the hormone that controls calcium, vitamin D, and phosphorous levels in the blood. 

The Uric Acid test checks for uric acid in the blood serum, which is created when your body breaks down purines. Purines are found in food and drink and should be filtered by the kidneys. If you have high levels of uric acid, it could mean your kidneys aren't functioning properly.

Kidney Health Advanced Test

The kidney health advanced panel adds 2 more tests, the creatinine urine test and the 25-Hydroxyvitamin D test. While the basic plus test will check for creatinine in the blood, you can also test if it is being excreted into your urine. 

The 25-Hydroxyvitamin D test will test for levels of VItamin D2, Vitamin D3, and Vitamin D total in your blood's serum.

Kidney Health - Comprehensive

The kidney health comprehensive panel covers all the available tests for kidney health. You'll get all the above in addition to the ANA Screen, IFA with Reflex to Titer and Pattern, IFA test. This antinuclear antibody panel will reveal if an autoimmune disease is causing your illness.

Top 5 Kidney Function Tests

If you choose the Top 5 kidney function panel, you'll get the top 5 most popular targeted tests. This package includes the creatinine clearance test, microalbumin test, renal function panel, urinalysis test, and urine protein test.

By choosing this option, you'll get very targeted results about your kidney rather than checking your overall health and other causes of your illness.

Benefits of Kidney Health Lab Testing With Ulta Lab Tests

Ulta Lab Tests offers highly accurate and reliable tests so that you can make informed decisions about your health. Here are a few great things to love about Ulta Lab Tests:

  • You'll get secure and confidential results
  • You don't need health insurance
  • You don't need a referral
  • You'll get affordable pricing
  • We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee

Order your kidney health test today, and your results will be provided to you securely and confidentially online in 24 to 48 hours for most tests!

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