Sight and Smell...Examining Your Urine

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-10-27 18:53:03 -0500
Started 2012-10-24 07:51:50 -0500

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.

Strange smells:

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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5 replies

tabby9146 2012-10-27 18:53:03 -0500 Report

my 11 year old daughter told me hers smelled like maple syrup the other day, and she has eaten that for breakfast on waffles a couple of days before she said that.

GabbyPA 2012-10-24 15:02:21 -0500 Report

The attraction of ants to one's urine in ancient medicine was an indication of diabetes. Amazing that it has been around so long, and I would imagine it was most likely a death sentence back then as it was most likely type 1, untreated.

So much has happened since then, but our urine is a very telling part of our life cycle. We can test things at home now too, to help guide our doctors as we talk to them about our little cup of pee.

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