Why Urinalysis

Interesting facts about urinalysis

At a glance

Urinalysis has always been one of the basic diagnostic tools of medicine.

Humans excrete non-recyclable and toxic metabolites through the urine, which allows conclusions to be drawn about their state of health.

Urinalysis is particularly indispensable for diseases of the kidneys and the urinary tract. But also indications of diabetes, azidoses (acidification), drug use or the hydration level can be obtained by urine. In terms of pregnancy and ovulation tests, measurement via urine is the most widespread study.

Why Urinalysis

During urine testing, the urine is examined on the basis of various criteria.

In addition to quality (components) and quantity, the delivery characteristics (miction) can also be of interest. In the case of prostate discomfort or incontinence, the urine pressure, duration and delivery pattern allow, among other things, conclusions to be drawn as to the specific degree of expression.

In addition to incontinence, early detection of infections and the determination of the hydration level play an important role in care. In diets, depending on the form (Atkins, Paleo, Low Fat, etc.), the measurement of the ketone bodies and the pH value for the determination of acidification can be interesting. In the sports and fitness area, the pH value, the measurement of hydration and the ketone bodies are also interesting.

Urine testing may be of particular interest in the following areas:

Basically, urine is a reflection of what a person has ingested and how it has been metabolised in the body.

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Status of information: Autumn 2019