Human urine has been a useful tool of diagnosis since the earliest days of medicine.
The color, density, and smell of urine can reveal much about the state of our health.Here, for starters, are some of the things you can tell from the hue of your liquid excreta.
Diagnosing color changes in urine
Changes in urine color are often harmless, but if it continues or you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, pain, or mental confusion, you should see your doctor as soon as possible.
Think about the answers to the following questions, as your doctor will want to know:
• When did you first notice the color change
• What medications or supplements are you taking
• What have you been eating or drinking
• Have you participated in strenuous exercise
• Have you experienced any rashes, problems with vision, unexplained weight loss, headaches, or bowel movement problems
• Have your urinary habits changed
Your doctor may want to perform a urinalysis or blood test depending on your symptoms and the answers to these and other questions.
A urinalysis can identify substances in your pee, such as proteins, red blood cells, and infection-causing bacteria.
A blood test can determine the levels of liver enzymes and measure kidney function, which may help identify any problems with these organs.