May 24, 2018

Your urine can speak, please listen! – Emeka Nwolisa

Your urine can speak, please listen! – Emeka Nwolisa

Anytime you pass wee-wee… your urine speaks.  It says something about the state of your health. The real you and not the one wearing the designer shoes, watch and bespoke suit. Ignoring that speech may be dangerous.

Urine is the liquid  waste product that passes through your urinary tract and is expelled from your body through your urethra. Urine is mostly water, however, the rest of the contents of urine can vary depending on what you’ve eaten or  drank.  Urine is created by your kidneys  and often consists of  urea, uric acid, ammonia, hormones, dead blood cells, proteins, salts and minerals.

Urine has been a useful tool of diagnosis since the earliest days of medicine. The colour, density and smell of urine can reveal  so much.

The colour of urine can tell you a lot about your body  and  health status. Urine can have a variety of colours ranging from a deep amber to a light straw colour, with many variations in between.

Let’s take a urine colour trip…

1. If it is transparent , you are probably drinking plenty  of water.

2.If it is pale  or  straw coloured, you are normal , healthy and well hydrated.

3.Transparent yellow…you are also  normal.

4. Amber or honey coloured… your body isn’t getting enough water.

5. Deep yellow , you are not drinking enough water.

6. Dark brown or Coca-Cola coloured…you may have serious issues that would necessitate an evaluation by your doctor.

7. Is your urine constituently foamy and  frothy? It may be a sign you have too much  protein in your urine. This would suggest issues with your kidneys.

How your wee-wee smells is also important.

Hunkle and Hanty, if your urine begins to smell anyhow or like rotten fish…abeg see ya doctor.

Though alcohol intake and intake of drinks with high caffeine levels  like coffee and some energy drinks can cause increased frequency of passing urine but if you notice you suddenly have to wee-wee  more often than usual,  It could be a sign of ill health.

Possible causes could include Urinary tract infection, kidney disease, diabetes, an enlarged prostate in men and vaginitis in women.

A basic beginning in assessing your urine  is a  urinalysis. This in simple terms is an analysis of the urine. It is a very common test that can be performed in any health facility. It  is simple to perform, provides many useful information about various diseases and conditions  and relatively inexpensive. Urinalysis is akin to  “a poor man’s kidney biopsy” because of the plethora of information that can be obtained about the health of the kidney or other internal diseases by this simple test.

Urine dipstick is a narrow plastic strip which has several squares of different colours attached to it. Each small square represents a component of the test used to interpret urinalysis. The entire test strip is dipped in the urine sample and colour changes in each square are noted. Each colour change on a particular square may indicate specific abnormalities in the urine sample caused by a certain chemical reaction. The reference for colour changes is posted on the plastic bottle container of the urine test strips. This makes for easy and quick interpretation of the urinalysis results by placing the strip next to the container and comparing its colour changes to the reference provided.

Hunkles and hantys, when next you wee-wee, listen properly because your urine can actually speak.

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