Urine can tell us a lot about your health, like hydration levels and kidney function. It is important to monitor your output to catch any significant changes, especially if you have pre-existing conditions known to potentially affect your kidneys and urine.
Appearance, Smell, and More:
Foamy= Proteinuria, due to differences in the surface tension
Red= Hematuria, blood in the urine, can indicate kidney stones, urinary tract infections (UTI), or other conditions
Cloudy= Change in pH to alkaline indicating a number of potential causes like diabetes, infection, kidney disease or stones, vaginal discharge, or dehydration
Clear/no color= Over-hydrated
Frequent urination= Urinary tract infection (UTI), overhydration, presence of waste in urine like sugars or protein
Odd smell= Diabetes, urinary tract infection (UTI), dehydration, metabolic disorders
Pain with urination= Kidney stones, urinary tract infection (UTI)
Lab tests can be ordered to examine the urine and begin to determine or monitor symptoms. These tests can include: Protein Total, 24-hour collections, Urinalysis with Culture, and more. Urine tests can monitor the levels of protein, bacteria, red/white blood cells, glucose, crystals, and hormones.
According to Dr. Munjal, your urine should look like lemonade. This color comes from the waste the kidneys filter out. The concentration, or intensity of the color, is based on the water content of the urine.
If you have any concerns about your urine or kidney function, speak with your care team for further evaluation. As always, stay safe and healthy!
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