Weird Urine Changes: Is it Time to See Your Urologist?
The urinary system is an important part of the body’s regulation process. Its main function is to remove the extra water and wastes that the kidneys filter out of the blood. The urine is primarily used to get rid of toxins or things that would otherwise build up in the body that would be bad for the body.
When you notice that your urine has changed color, or there’s a strange odor coming from the toilet, the cause might be something as harmless as what you had for dinner, such as asparagus. It could also be an indicator of a more serious condition, such as an internal infection or even cancer. For hundreds of years, doctors have looked at urine as a barometer of what is happening in the body. The urine can tell what you have been eating, how much fluid you are consuming, and what diseases you might have. Early doctors even tasted the urine of their patients in order to diagnose their medical conditions, as strange as that may seem. Fortunately, we have made plenty of progress since then, and a simple urinalysis can now make this determination in seconds.
The average person’s urine normally varies from pale yellow to deep amber, depending on the concentration of the liquid, which is determined by the amount of fluid you consume. Darker urine is usually a sign that you’re not drinking enough water. Correction is as simple as consuming more liquids, especially water.
The opposite is also true. If your urine is very pale, it means that you’re either drinking a lot of fluid, or you’re taking a diuretic or water pill which is a drug that forces the body to eliminate excess water.
Urine normally doesn’t have a very strong smell. If your urine happens to have a foul odor, you could have an infection or urinary stones, which can create an ammonia-like odor. Bottom Line: Pay attention to the color and odor of your urine. If something is out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to contact your urologist.
If you think you might be having problems with urination or related issues, call Charlotte Men’s Health at (704) 786-5131 to request an appointment with Dr. Richard Natale, or request an appointment online.