Check your own Urinalysis. The urine test checks for red and white blood cells, bacteria, protein and pH levels in your urine. This test looks at a sample of your urine. You can use the results from this test to help diagnose, find, or track many conditions, including: Diabetes, Metabolic diseases such as phenylketonuria, Kidney problems or infections, Liver problems, Urinary tract infections, Lupus, Congestive heart failure, Cancer.
Why does my urine look a little different?
A lab can look at a urine sample in different ways:
If urine looks cloudy, red, or reddish-brown, that may mean you have blood or pus in your urine. Sometimes kidney stones can be seen in the urine. Particular odors from the urine, such as a maple syrup, rotting fish, or a mousy smell - can mean certain diseases. Chemical screening. When the lab puts urine on specially treated strips of paper, called reagent strips or dipsticks, it can give information on how acidic your urine is and whether it contains blood, protein, or sugar.
Checking the urine, particularly solid materials in the fluid, under a microscope can give new information or confirm other findings. For example, microscopic screening can show bacteria, red or white blood cells, and tumor cells in the urine.
Often the lab can measure the specific gravity of the urine sample. This shows how concentrated or diluted your urine is. Many other tests can be done on a urine sample to help diagnosis various diseases, including urinary tract infections and diabetes.
Why do I need this test?
You may have this test as part of a routine checkup. You may need this test to find a problem that isn't causing symptoms yet, or your doctor may use it to find the cause of symptoms you are having. You may also have this test to monitor conditions like diabetes.
Repeat your lab tests as often as you would like, without your doctor's order. Stay informed about your health changes, particularly when taking long term medication or following life style changes.
Note: For confidentiality reasons, all lab test orders require you to fill out and sign a Medical Information/HIPAA Release Form. You will receive this form by email, after completing your purchase, and it will require an E signature, with fun and simple step-by-step instructions, that you will be able to do yourself. Don't worry, it is very simple!