Human urine has been a useful tool of diagnosis since the earliest days of medicine. Let me define first what urine is. Urine is a body fluid that is easily collected and usually plentiful, so that many laboratory tests can be performed, it is a waste product that contains breakdown products from food, drinks, medicines, cosmetics, environmental contaminants, and the by-products from metabolism and bacteria.
Analyzing urine is still one of the simplest ways to screen a person quickly for having a medical conditions. I think that’s the reason why so many hospitals, clinics, still perform routine urinalysis when you are getting a checkup. Urine test can give us information about our health and problems we may have. Dipstick is commonly used to check urine specimens. We have done this in our AUB laboratory class and I can say that it is convenient, easy to interpret, and they can be analyzed within minutes of urine collection.
The color, density, and smell of our urine can help us know more about our body condition. Urine can be in different colors, most often shades of yellow, from very pale or colorless to very dark or amber. Abnormal urine colors can be the result of a disease process, some medications, or the result of eating certain foods. The density of urine represents our kidney’s dilution and concentration capacity, and when it comes to the odor, our Urine naturally has an odor, but it is usually don’t have that strong smell.
In our AUB class we are studying so many information not only in urine but in other fluids that are present in our body, so now I can say that when you study urine and body fluids subject you can learn a lot of things happening in your body.