Your urine has a lot to say about your health and your overall well being. The color of your pee and how clear it is, is a good indication of whether you are OK or not.
Blood in Your Urine
It is very abnormal to see a blood stain in your urine. It could be caused by something fairly harmless, like hard exercise or medication. Or may be a sign of something more malignant like kidney disease, an enlarged prostate, bladder cancer, sickle cell anemia or bilharzia.
Look Of Your Urine
There are some certain foods or medications that can change the color of your pee. Foods such as beets can make your urine reddish, carrots can turn it orange as well as some chemotherapy. However, if you are not so sure as to why your urine suddenly changed color, then its time to talk to your doctor about it.
Monitor the Smell
Foods, vitamins, and medication can all change the way your pee smells. And also being dehydrated can as well affect the smell of your wee. But most time foul odors in urine is usually associated with underling health conditions; Such as Diabetes, bladder infections, kidney infections, and liver failure.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Urinary tract infections affect the smell and the color of your urine drastically. It usually happen because bacteria has invaded your bladder or your urethra -the tube that carries pee away from your body.
Hyperglycemia occur when you have too much sugar (glucose) in your blood. High levels of glucose also can show up in your urine. You can't tell by looking at it, but your doctor can check by testing a sample. It can be a sign of diabetes and can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and other problems.
If your doctor thinks you might have diabetes, she might test to see if you have things called ketones in your blood and urine. Your body makes ketones when fats are broken down in search for energy.
If your pee looks dark and you’re not going as often as usual, that could mean you don’t have enough water in your body. You also might feel tired, nauseated, or groggy. Your doctor may test a sample of your urine to see how much water is in it.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin HCG is a hormone that is released into the blood and urine when a woman is pregnant. By just dipping a test strip into your urine, your doctor can determine the presence of these hormones and know if you are pregnant or not.
Diabetic Kidney Disease
Foamy pee can mean you have more protein in your urine than normal. This is often the earliest sign of this disease, which is the leading cause of kidney failure. It damages your kidneys’ small blood vessels. That leads your body to hold on to more salt, water, and waste in your blood than it should. Your doctor can test your urine for a protein called albumin to find out if you have it.
Liver or Gallbladder Problems
If your pee is very dark, something could be going on with one of these organs. Too much of certain drugs, like acetaminophen (Tylenol), can lead to problems. And cancer, a stone blocking the way to your gallbladder, viruses like hepatitis C, and other illness can, too. These issues can cause your body to make a yellow fluid called bilirubin that turns your pee very dark. And it can leak out of your liver and into your blood and make your skin and eyes turn yellow (this is called jaundice). Blood and urine tests can measure your level of bilirubin.