Here is something unusual, after consuming either a bowl of oatmeal, cheerios, or bran flakes in the morning, my urine begins to smell like cheerios with a sweet scent!
I have to see my doctor about this.
So, let's start this discussion with a question…
How's your pee been looking lately?
It's not exactly polite conversation, but it's a question worth asking yourself from time to time. Just as the eyes are windows into the soul, urine is a window into the body.
It can reveal whether you're dehydrated, for instance, a common health issue during these sweaty summer months. Healthy urine consists of yellow waste products that are dissolved in water. Like lemonade mixed from a powder, the less water involved, the darker yellow (and more pungent) the result, so dark yellow urine tells you you're due for a glass of water.
But to a doctor, urine can provide even more information. One way for doctors to find out what's going on inside the body is to examine what flows out of it. So don't be surprised the next time a doctor asks for a urine sample for a seemingly non-urinary complaint.
In fact, be a little proud. When you hand over that little cup, you're participating in a medical tradition more than 6,000 years in the making.
Today's urinalysis can reveal a great deal about a person's heath. But even simple urine color can tell people when to seek medical attention. Urine color may change due to something as innocuous as medications or foods, or as malevolent as an infection or cancer.
An inherited condition, maple syrup urine disease, so named because it causes urine to smell like sweet maple syrup, results from the body's inability to digest certain amino acids. It's usually diagnosed in infants and treated with dietary restrictions, which must be started early in life to prevent brain damage and other problems. In many states, every newborn is tested for this disease.
Sweet-smelling urine can also indicate diabetes mellitus, because excess blood sugar finds its way into the urine. And as medieval doctors knew, sugar also affects urine's taste, but that's one diagnostic test they probably preferred to do as little as possible.
But that's not all. Asparagus is infamous for the stench it lends urine, which only some people can perceive!
Pass it on: If you're concerned about the color or smell of your urine, see a doctor.
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