When you need to diagnose whether you have a particular infection or not, you probably will have to take a urine sample to a clinic for testing. Most people pay special attention to the daily condition of their urine, especially the color, because it can signify whether they are drinking enough fluids, eating healthy and can also tell whether they have an infection.
But there are many other reasons as to why testing your urine is so important. The condition of your pee can really say a lot about your health. Here are some things that you can learn about your health if you focus on the state of your urine regularly:
- It can tell whether you have kidney disease: Studies have shown that people who have high protein content in their urine could be at risk for kidney disease and their life expectancy is at least 7-8 years less than people who have regular levels of protein in their pee. If a person’s kidney filters are damaged, often proteins from the blood leak into the urine. It is advisable that people who have hereditary factors that could contribute to high blood pressure or diabetes should have their urine checked for kidney disease.
- It can detect deadly blood clots: Your urine has the ability to detect hidden blood clots. If an individual has risk factors for deadly blood clots like chest pain, doctors suggest that they undergo expensive imaging or blood tests. But these can often be imprecise and scientists at MIT declared that they are working on a urine test that can find hidden blood clots effectively and efficiently.
- It can reveal the presence of tumors and can also detect breast cancer: Now, mammograms are obviously the most popular way to detect the presence of breast cancer in a woman currently. But medical professionals are slowly starting to discover that a high presence of pteridines (metabolites) in a woman’s urine can reveal the presence of malignancies in her breasts as well as tumors which take some time to be detected on mammograms.
- It helps to measure the level of BPA (bisphenol A) in your system: Your urine can say a lot about the state of your body’s waste disposal system. Research has shown that a high level of BPA can put you at risk for heart disease, asthma as well as developmental problems. Most substances that the body is trying to get rid of like drugs, toxins etc come out through the urine and hence, a urine test is one of the best ways to detect an individual’s chances of contracting a disease.
- It can help to detect colon cancer: A colonoscopy is, of course, the most widely used method for detecting the presence of colon cancer in an individual. But these are often expensive and many may not be able to avail of such a medical test. Today, urine tests for detecting colon polyps serve as a relatively cheaper alternative. However, after using this test, you would still have to undergo another procedure in order to remove any precancerous growth.
- Urinary stem-cell transplants can heal damaged tissue: Studies have discovered that these stem cell transplants can create a material that regenerates in the body and helps to heal any tissue that is damaged. Many scientists have been toying with stem cells in the urine and using them to generate bladder cells and smooth-muscle cells. These urinary stem cells are never rejected by the body unlike transplants from embryonic stem cells because they are created by the individual’s own body.
Most people aren’t aware of the many ways in which their urine can reveal the state of their health. If you are one of those people, remember that there are so many ways to find out what your urine is trying to tell you about your body without over-analyzing the color and smell of it.